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Definition:

An international scientific research project with the goal of determining the sequence of chemicalbase pairs which make up human DNA, and of identifying and mapping all of the genes of the human genome from both a physical and functional standpoint.[1] It remains the world's largest collaborative biological project.[2] The project was proposed and funded by the US government; planning started in 1984, the project got underway in 1990, and was declared complete in 2003.