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Decoding Humanity
  From DNA to a human
  The race for the human genome
  How scientists decode DNA
 THE RACE FOR THE HUMAN GENOME: TIMELINE

BBC News Online charts the race to decode human DNA. The publicly-funded Human Genome Project and its rival, the fast-moving, private company Celera Genomics united to announce the first draft of the human genome in June 2000. The complete version is expected by 2003.
Publicly funded



First proposals for a global Human Genome Project
1985



1986
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Public funding agreed
1990



1991
Privately funded


1992
UK genome campus opened
1993


1994
Craig Venter launches privately funded research institute
Full scale decoding begins: Target end 2005
1995



1996



1997

Public project revised end date to 2003
1998
Venter founds Celera Genomics for private human genome project: Target end 2001





First human chromosome completed
1999



2000
Celera announces over 90% of first draft complete


First draft of human genome announced.


2001
Target completion date


2002

Target completion date
2003


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