Cold Spring Harbor Lab. Library & Archives
1989: The Banbury meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York before the launch of the Human Genome Project. Francis Collins and James Watson are in the top row.
Twenty-five years ago, the newly created US National Center for Human Genome Research (now the National Human Genome Research Institute; NHGRI), which the three of us have each directed, joined forces with US and international partners to launch the Human Genome Project (HGP). What happened next represents one of the most historically significant scientific endeavours: a 13-year quest to sequence all three billion base pairs of the human genome.