It’s April 2003, and a project that took 13 years and US$2.7 billion to complete is about to change the study of medicine and the human body forever.

I am talking about the Human Genome Project, which has successfully sequenced the 20,000 genes that make up the blueprint of our bodies.

That’s almost three billion base pairs of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, that make up not just our anatomy but give us all our individual, unique characteristics.

Genomics, or the study of genes, was only made possible once this incredible milestone had been achieved.

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