The effort completed in 2003 used the best technology available but now scientists could do more
The feat made headlines around the world: “Scientists Say Human Genome is Complete,” the New York Times announced in 2003. “The Human Genome,” the journals Science and Nature said in identical ta-dah cover lines unveiling the historic achievement. There was one little problem. “As a matter of truth in advertising, the ‘finished’ sequence isn’t finished,” said Eric Lander, who led the lab at the Whitehead Institute that deciphered more of the genome for the government-funded Human Genome Project than any other. “I always say ‘finished’ is a term of art.” “It’s very fair to say the human genome was never fully sequenced,” Craig Venter, another genomics luminary, told STAT.