Skip Navigation - National Human Genome Research - National Human Genome Research - National Human Genome Research InstituteNational Institutes of Health
       Home | About NHGRI | Newsroom | Staff
Research Grants Health Policy & Ethics Educational Resources Careers & Training
All About The Human Genome Project

Online Education Kit: Understanding the Human Genome Project

National DNA Day

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

Genetic Education Modules for Teachers

Fact Sheets

NHGRI Webinar Series

Speaking About Genetics

Online Genetics Education Resources

In Other Sections:

Online Health Resources

Research Training Opportunities

Summer Internships at NHGRI/NIH

Home>Educational Resources >All About The Human Genome Project (HGP)

All About The Human Genome Project (HGP)

Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man illustrationThe Human Genome Project (HGP) was one of the great feats of exploration in history - an inward voyage of discovery rather than an outward exploration of the planet or the cosmos; an international research effort to sequence and map all of the genes - together known as the genome - of members of our species, Homo sapiens. Completed in April 2003, the HGP gave us the ability to, for the first time, to read nature's complete genetic blueprint for building a human being.

In this section, you will find access to a wealth of information on the history of the HGP, its progress, cast of characters and future.

Educational Resources Educational Resources
General Information General Information
Research Research
Model Organisms Model Organisms

Educational Resources

Top of page Top of page

General Information

Top of page Top of page


Top of page Top of page

Model Organisms

Integral to the HGP are similar efforts to understand the genomes of various organisms commonly used in biomedical research, such as mice, fruit flies and roundworms. Such organisms are called "model organisms," because they serve as research models for how the human organism behaves.

To view the PDFs on this page you will need Adobe Reader. Download Adobe Reader

Top of page Top of page

Last Reviewed: November 7, 2008

Print Version

See Also:

The Division of Extramural Research
Research Funded by NHGRI

Other Federal Projects in Genomics

On Other Sites
Human Genome Resources
Access to the full human sequence

PrivacyCopyrightContactAccessibilitySite MapStaff DirectoryFOIAHome Department of Health and Human Services  National Institutes of Health