The Genome of Homo Sapiens

Rogers, J., Rubin, E., Stewart, D., Stillman, B. (2003) The Genome of Homo Sapiens. In: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology LXVIII: The Genome of Homo Sapiens, Cold Spring Harbor.

DOI: 10.1101/sqb.2003.68.xxi


In 2001, as we considered topics for future Symposia, it rapidly became clear what the focus of attention should be in 2003. It had escaped no-one's notice that there was a momentous event to be celebrated that year—the 50th anniversary of the proposal by James Watson and Francis Crick of a structure for DNA now famously known as the double helix. And of great significance at Cold Spring Harbor was the 35th anniversary in 2003 of Jim Watson's appointment as Laboratory Director and the beginning of his unique influence on all aspects of this institution. These anniversaries would clearly require special attention and were indeed recognized in February at a remarkable meeting at the Laboratory devoted to DNA and at a spectacular gala in New York. For the Symposium topic, however, we turned to another achievement that, even two years in advance, could be seen as the most significant milestone in biological science since the discovery of the double helix: the completion of the sequence of the human genome. Begun formally in 1990, with Jim Watson as its first director, the federally funded effort to map and sequence the entire human DNA molecule had resulted in the publication of a draft sequence in 2001. The predicted availability of the complete sequence in the first half of 2003 provided the ideal backdrop to a Symposium that focused not just on the details of the sequence, but on the power of information it contains to transform scientific investigations into fundamental biological processes and the causes of human disease.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > genomes
organism description > animal > mammal > primates > hominids
organism description > animal > mammal > primates > hominids > human
Investigative techniques and equipment > assays > whole genome sequencing
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Communities: CSHL labs > Stillman lab
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Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: 2003
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2014 19:55
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 16:46

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