What was the Human Genome Project?
In 1990 scientists started the Human Genome Project – a vast international project that aimed to decode all our genetic information by 2003. Scientists wanted to understand the contents of our body’s genetic ‘instruction manual’ by locating and ‘reading’ each gene instruction. A rough draft was completed in June 2000. This was a huge milestone in understanding how our genes help determine who we are. All the current research into genetics and treating diseases stems from the information produced by the Human Genome Project.