What did the UK do?

Double Nobel prize-winner Fred Sanger was the first person to read the complete DNA sequence of an organism – a virus – in 1978. The Sanger Centre, based near Cambridge in the UK, was the largest single participant in the Human Genome Project. Before tackling the human genome, the centre's Director, John Sulston, perfected the technology on the roundworm genome, which is a mere 100 million base pairs of DNA in length!

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The DNA sequence of the roundworm genome was worked out at the Sanger Centre.


Principal Funder:

Wellcome trust

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