Genomics Lite: The Human Genome Project Series

Celebrating the 30 years since the Project launched

This Genomics Lite series explored the legacy of the Human Genome Project, how sequencing methods have changed over the years, and how the genomics revolution has led the way to new jobs in the field.

This series has now finished, but you can watch recordings of the sessions below and continue to use the learning resources.

Session 1. The Human Genome Project: in context with Karen McLaren.

Karen McLaren shares her experience of working on the Human Genome Project and how the world of sequencing has changed since the Project.

Session 2. The Human Genome Project: in the lab ;with Dr Lia Chappel.

Dr Lia Chappell highlights modern sequencing technology, and Kim Judge shows us how minION technology allows for sequencing from anywhere.

Session 3. The Human Genome Project: career pathways with Illumina Lab Researchers.

Scientists from Illumina Lab Services share their career journeys.

Learning Resources

The History of Genomics

Recommended as pre-session resources

The Human Genome Project

Recommended as post-session resources to accompany session 1

Sequencing Technologies: then and now

Recommended as post-session resources to accompany session 2

  • Sequencing has come a long way since the Human Genome Project! Find out how it’s changed from the dawn of sequencing in the 1970s, automated in the 1980s, scaled up for the Human Genome project in the 1990s, and how next-generation and third-generation sequencing are being used today.
  • Sequencing machines need to be able to work out the sequence of DNA quickly and accurately. How quickly can you sequence DNA?
  • Watch this video to see how next-generation techniques can speed up sequencing:

Careers in Genomics

Recommended as post-session resources to accompany session 3

  • The field of genomics has grown massively since it started, leading to a range of new career routes and job opportunities. Watch these videos to find out more from 4 researchers:

Activity: Genome Generation

  • There are many important personal, social and ethical questions surrounding genomic advances. Use the Genome Generation activity (or the Express version) to explore different scenarios and the questions they raise.