The Robert Cook-Deegan Human Genome Archive

genewarsThe Robert Cook-Deegan Human Genome Archive is founded on the bibliography of “The Gene Wars: Science, Politics, and the Human Genome“, published in 1994 by W. W. Norton and Co., Inc. The full text of the book has been digitized and is available at no cost for educational use. Selected items from Dr. Cook-Deegan’s full bibliography have also been digitized to support research on the history of genomics. In addition, complete transcripts and selected audio recordings from sixteen interviews (see the bottom of this page for the audio links) conducted by Dr. Cook-Deegan provide a unique oral history and diverse perspectives on the issues around the project.

The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international 13-year effort, 1990 to 2003. Primary goals were to discover the complete set of human genes and make them accessible for further biological study, and determine the complete sequence of DNA bases in the human genome. The Human Genome Project Information Archives, Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Bioetechnology and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository also provide access to original historic documents related to the Human Genome Project.

A 20.85 linear feet physical archive of diverse materials has also been preserved by the Bioethics Research Library through the support of Duke University’s Center for Public Genomics, with materials ranging from 1986 to 1994.

Funding to archive and preserve these materials was provided as part of the core of Duke University’s Center for Excellence in ELSI Research, (CEER), project.


Digitized Symposium Audio Tapes

  • “Track 1” from Cold Spring Harbor Human Genome Symposium June 1986 – Download

Digitized Interview Audio Tapes


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