Genome Lates: Reading the book of life: What has genome sequencing ever done for us?

6:00 pm on July 30, 2020 | Online Talk

Twenty years after the first draft of the human genome project, Professor Sir Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, reflects on how far we have come since those early days, in conversation with science writer and broadcaster Dr Kat Arney.

From gaining deep understanding of human health, ageing and diversity through to bold plans to sequence the genomes of the entire tree of life and a future where it is possible to write and edit DNA as easily as we can read it, Stratton shares his insights and vision for the future – with a few surprises along the way.


If you missed the event you can catch up with our YouTube recording below.


This event was part of a special Human Genome Project anniversary season 2020 to celebrate 20 years since the landmark first draft of the complete Human Genome. Over the season we explored some of the groundbreaking work happening at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire and met the people behind the science. Our free online conversations presented personal stories and reflected on breathtaking advances in genomic science, while inviting audiences to discuss and share views of the impact of new discoveries on their lives and wider society, today and into the future. We heard from our current Campus Institute Directors, people who worked during the earliest days of the Human Genome Project, some of today’s early career researchers, and scientists working to defeat the spread of COVID-19.


Image: Histology image of human cells from the Cancer Ageing and Somatic Mutations Programme at Sanger Institute