NEW YORK, April 15 - The International Human Genome Consortium announced today that the Human Genome Project, in which the 3 billion base pairs of the human genome were sequenced by a team of researchers spread across the globe, is complete.
The project has been completed nearly two years ahead of schedule, the organization said.
The major participants in this project included the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, as well as sequencing centers at MIT's Whitehead Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, and Baylor College of Medicine.
"We have reached the limits we set on this project, achieving tremendously high standards of quality much more quickly than we hoped, said Jane Rogers, head of sequencing at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
Rogers likened the move from the first draft, completed in June 2000, to the finished product to "moving on from a first-attempt demo music tape to a classic CD."