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Human Genome Project

Part of
James D. Watson Collection
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The series consists of items relating to Watson’s tenure with the human genome project. It is primarily composed of correspondence, meetings materials, reports, grant applications, manuscripts, lecture transcripts, and a significant number of articles and clippings reflecting the tremendous amount of effort that Watson contributed to the project’s inception, which paved the way for the eventual success of mapping the human genome.

Watson’s role at the National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR) is particularly well documented, as are the many scientific meetings held on ethics and the Human Genome Project.

The series is divided into 4 subseries and arranged chronologically.

1. General Files (1965, 1981-2005)

2. Intact Magazines and Publications (1986-2001)

3. Articles and Clippings (1982-2000)

4. Human Genome Grant Applications (1989)



Physical description

14 boxes

Copyright note

Please note that CSHL holds copyright in writings by Watson that are held within Watson's archive in the CSHL Library and Archives, but does not hold copyright in Watson's writings held outside the CSHL Library and Archives. Copyright of material created by persons other than Watson, published or unpublished, is retained by its original author or rightsholder.

Location of duplicates

A digitised copy is held by the Wellcome Library as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.

Terms of use

Open and available at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives.

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