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Two decades after the working draft of the human genome was completed, it is clearer than ever that analysis of the text is just getting started

Julianna LeMieux, PhD | GEN | June 5, 2020

On June 26, 2000, President Bill Clinton stood between J. Craig Venter (left) and Francis S. Collins (right) to announce the completion of the first rough map of the human genome. The event offered a show of unity after the Human Genome Project had experienced friction between a private effort led by Celera Genomics (where Venter was president) and the public effort led by the National Human Genome Research Institute (where Collins was director). At the White House that day, Clinton said, “Today’s historic achievement is only a starting point. There is much hard work yet to be done.

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