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Health Agencies Update
January 19, 2000

Genetics Milestone

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JAMA. 2000;283(3):325. doi:10.1001/jama.283.3.325

An international team of scientists announced a major milestone in the quest to map all human genes: the sequencing of the first human chromosome. The team included US researchers, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as investigators from laboratories in England and Japan.

The group reported their achievement in the December 2 issue of Nature. The effort is part of the massive Human Genome Project, an initiative to sequence the entire human genome by 2005—a goal now projected to be reached by 2003.

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