The publication of human genome blueprint in 2000 was a great block party, summer Olympics coming to town, but the next morning saw most revelers picking up their drunken selves and going back to their old day jobs. Some kept the flames burning by taking up more and more sequencing of whatever came their way labeled as a model organism. The human genome blueprint was like a great idea which won a patent but still needed a lot of development work to morph into a cool product.
Post-human genome project
The launching of the 1000 Genomes Project in January 2008 was a true effort to translate the human genome blueprint into something that can really impact clinical practice and health care on a national scale. The 1000 Genome Project was designed to sequence and catalog genetic variations from different ethnic groups across the globe. The results of the pilot phase were published in Nature last year.