DNA Day 2021

Human Genome Project

Over 13-years, the Human Genome Project mustered resources from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health with the goal of mapping the human genome. A massive team of scientists worked to identify all the more than 20,000 genes in human DNA and determine the sequence of the three billion base pairs that make up the human genome. They completed the work in 2003. 

For a much more detailed look at the history and accomplishments from the project go to the National Human Genome Institute’s Human Genome Project page, or to take a look at the data go to the NCBI Human Genome Resources page.


23andMe formed just three years after scientists sketched out that first rough draft of the human genome. Our mission remains to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. 

Now 15 years on, 23andMe opened up personal discoveries for millions of customers, offering consumers direct access to genetic testing without the need of an intermediary. 23andMe has also become a tool for people to learn about and explore genetics and participate in important genetic research.

As our CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki once said about 23andMe:

“We’re not just a genetics company. We’re not just a health company; we’re not just ancestry; we’re all of these things. We want to tell you about you.”

Find out more here.

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