History of Genetics


Maintained by Michael Dietrich, Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College


GENERAL LINKS to History of Genetics Resources on the Internet





• A History of the Human Genome Project
This history is part of a web site maintained by the Human Genome Management Information System (HGMIS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy Human Genome Program. It includes a detailed timeline of the history of the Human Genome Project and a good selection of documents on various aspects of the human genome project. The emphasis is on the contributions of the Department of Energy.

• The Human Genome: Genetics and Society

Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, this site offers a different perspective on the history of the human genome project. Although this site is not as document oriented as the DOE’s website, it offers a more complete historical narrative.

• The History of Recent Science and Technology
With funding from the Sloan Foundation and Dibner Fund, this site was created to try to capture some of the history of recent science. Two of the five areas researched here were relevant to the history of genetics; namely, the site on molecular evolution and the site on bioinformatics. Each of these sites features an archive of documents, interviews, historical analysis, bibliographies, and timelines. Within the next year both sites will also migrate to new homes. The bioinformatics pages will be hosted by Stanford University and the molecular evolution pages will be hosted by Dartmouth College and the University of Massachusetts.

• Flybase
Flybase is a database for Drosophila genetics. From a historian’s perspective, it includes a searchable bibliography of research on Drosophila genetics from its beginnings in the early twentieth century. It also has information about current researchers and a partial historical pedigree of relationships between Drosophila researchers.