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International catalog of Human Genome Project history

The Human Genome Project (HGP) was a 13-year research project carried out in more than 20 laboratories around the world. The goal of the HGP was to discover all 20,000 to 25,000 human genes, determine the sequence of the 3 billion DNA subunits contained in the human chromosomes or “genome,” and make this information available for further study. The HGP has contributed to improving human health by enabling a better understanding of the molecular basis of various diseases.