Medical Definition of National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Reviewed on 3/29/2021

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI): A part of the US NIH that began as the National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR), which was established in 1989 to carry out the role of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the International Human Genome Project (HGP). The HGP was developed in collaboration with the United States Department of Energy and begun in 1990 to map the human genome. In 1993, NCHGR expanded its role on the NIH campus by establishing the Division of Intramural Research to apply genome technologies to the study of specific diseases.



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