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  • Human Genome Project and the Wellcome Library


    The first draft of the human genome, announced jointly by Tony Blair and Bill Clinton on 26 June 2000, was heralded by the press as a massive scientific breakthrough, the applications of which would improve health and extend life. Scientists… Continue reading

  • Welcome to Genomics History Week


    With the first section of the papers of geneticist John Sulston now catalogued and the recent addition of the digitised Alan Coulson papers online at Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics, we’ve decided to make this Genomics History Week at the… Continue reading

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    ‘Documenting science: preserving the legacy of the Human Genome Project’


    Human Genome Project Officer Jenny Shaw will be discussing her work at the Wellcome Library at an Archives for London seminar on 7th February. Details: The Human Genome Archive Project (HGAP) aims to preserve the archival legacy of one of the most… Continue reading

  • John Sulston’s Archive Now Available in the Library


    The complete John Sulston archive (PP/SUL) has been catalogued and is available to researchers in the Library. The final two sections have been catalogued, with Section B covering Sulston’s role as Director of the Sanger Centre (now the Sanger Institute)… Continue reading

  • Targeted preservation: The Human Genome Archive Project


      Contemporary is a word not often associated with archives and yet without archivists making plans for contemporary material the archives of the future would be a much poorer place. The Wellcome Library has a history of considering the modern… Continue reading

  • Fred Sanger: a maker of modern genetics


    In the third of our series about the digitised archive collections in ‘Codebreakers: makers of modern genetics’, Jenny Shaw, archive project officer at the Wellcome Library, explores Fred Sanger’s research notebooks: My involvement with Sanger’s notebooks is through the Human… Continue reading

  • Uncovering the history of dna sequencing


    The newly available collection of Carol Churcher’s papers (GRL/CHU) is a landmark for the Library’s Human Genome Archive Project.  At just two boxes the collection might seem insignificant, but clearly size isn’t everything. This collection represents more than the contents of… Continue reading

  • Collecting genomics: the Richard Durbin papers


    Richard Durbin is a computational geneticist who played a key role in sequencing the C. elegans and human genomes. His papers have been catalogued (GRL/DUR) and are now available to view in the Wellcome Library. After graduating from the University… Continue reading

  • John Sulston: a pioneer of genomics


    The first of three sections of the John Sulston archive (PP/SUL) is now available. Section A focuses on Sulston’s Nobel Prize-winning work on the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans). His findings had a profound impact on genetic and genomic research… Continue reading

  • Alan Coulson’s Science of Collaboration


    The Alan Coulson papers (PP/COU) have recently been made available online as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics. This means that the Coulson archive has the honour of being the first collection to be digitised straight from cataloguing and… Continue reading