How the Human Genome Was Sequenced

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From the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, this resource introduces the Human Genome Project (HGP).

A short animation gives:

* an introduction to DNA and genomes;

* an overview of which countries were involved in the international Human Genome Project;

* a description of the processes, biological principles and techniques involved in sequencing the human genome.

The animation can be used when discussing the Human Genome Project and the outcomes of this international collaboration. It can be also used to illustrate how scientific techniques can be derived from natural biological processes. It illustrates how the principles of the Sanger sequencing method are derived from the natural process of DNA replication.

The animation also demonstrates how recombinant DNA techniques were used in the Human Genome Project to clone DNA sections for sequencing. To play the animation, first download the file and save it to your computer, where it will run as a Flash animation.

This resource is part of the Post 16 genetics and genomics collection of resources.

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