The Human Genome Project at 20: interview with Ewan Birney

Blue book with title saying 'The Human Genome'
Credit: Jeff Dowling/EMBL-EBI

EMBL-EBI Director Ewan Birney was a graduate student in the 90s, when the Human Genome Project was in full swing. On the project’s 20th anniversary, he shares his memories of the slow but incredibly accurate analysis software he developed, how the private initiative sped up the public one, and how a betting book highlighted how little we knew about the human genome at the time. 

Ewan also discusses the impact of the Human Genome Project on healthcare, medicine, and research, and why EMBL-EBI is like a starry sky of data. 

Tags: bioinformatics, birney, embl-ebi, genome, genomics, human genetics


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