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Definition

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. Despite this there was not, and is still not, a 100% complete genome because some parts of the genome such as the centromeres and telomeres are difficult to sequence due to repetitive elements. While not 100% complete, 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 29th May, 2019