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The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international effort with a primary goal; to sequence the entire genetic code of a whole organism (Humans…). It today remains the largest ever world collaborative project, which thrust the Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals industries (nevermind countless other scientific fields) into a whole new era of research.
When the HGP was just getting started 25 years ago, only some viral genetic material and around 100,000 DNA base pairs were known. The human sequencing project was 10,000 times bigger, and revolutionized field of genetics.
The project allowed the development of numerous crucial genomic technologies, and led to substantial innovations in molecular biology, chemistry, physics, robotics and computation.
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