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An international research project that was the first to determine the complete sequence of the human genome, launched in 1990 and completed in 2003.

Use in clinical context

The Human Genome Project was officially completed in 2003. It covers around 99% of the regions of the human genome that contain genes, but is not complete because some sections, such as the centromeres and telomeres, are difficult to sequence due to repetitive elements.

The genome provided by the Human Genome Project has been invaluable in understanding genome structure and function, with important implications for human health and disease.

Related terms

Centromere | Genome | Sequence | Telomeres

Last updated on 20th September, 2021