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PLOS Genetics: A Peer-Reviewed Open-Access Journal All About The Human Genome Project (HGP) All About The Human Genome Project (HGP) The Human Genome Project (HGP) was one of the great feats of exploration in history - an inward voyage of discovery rather than an outward exploration of the planet or the cosmos; an international research effort to sequence and map all of the genes - together known as the genome - of members of our species, Homo sapiens. Completed in April 2003, the HGP gave us the ability, for the first time, to read nature's complete genetic blueprint for building a human being. In this section, you will find access to a wealth of information on the history of the HGP, its progress, cast of characters and future. Educational Resources An Interactive Timeline of the Human Genome [] An interactive, hyper-linked timeline of genetics that takes the reader from Mendel (1865) to the completion of the mapping of the human genome (2003). Top of page General Information Research Model Organisms To view the PDFs on this page you will need Adobe Reader.

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“Why Do We Have to Learn This Stuff?”—A New Genetics for 21st Century Students Citation: Redfield RJ (2012) “Why Do We Have to Learn This Stuff?”—A New Genetics for 21st Century Students. PLoS Biol 10(7): e1001356. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001356 Series Editor: Cheryl A. Published: July 3, 2012 Copyright: © 2012 Rosemary J. Funding: The author received no specific funding for this work. Competing interests: The author has declared that no competing interests exist. Several years ago, our biology program decided to develop a new second-year “Fundamentals of Genetics” course to replace the third-year course that was our legacy from David Suzuki and Tony Griffiths. The Canon Our old course followed the canonical textbook structure, using genetic analysis (see Box 1 for Glossary) to teach the principles of transmission genetics, with the history of genetics providing the organizing framework (see, for example, [1],[2]). Box 1. Epigenetic: heritable differences due to reversible modification of DNA rather than to changes in DNA sequence. Box 2. A Clean Break with the Canon