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GHR Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

On April 25, 2003, the U.S. National Library of Medicine launched Genetics Home Reference (GHR). The creation of GHR coincided with the completion of the Human Genome Project, a 13-year international effort to map the entire human genome. The GHR website provides a bridge between the public's questions about human genetics and the rich technical data that has emerged from the Human Genome Project and other genomic research.

GHR provides consumer-friendly summaries of genetic conditions and their associated genes and chromosomes. The website also features an illustrated primer called Help Me Understand Genetics, background information including a glossary of genetic and medical terms, and links to numerous other quality resources. A "Spotlight" feature on the GHR home page highlights important observances and discoveries in the field of human genetics and draws attention to useful learning tools and clinical resources.

The GHR website began in 2003 with 19 condition summaries and 16 gene descriptions. Today, GHR offers easy-to-read summaries of about 850 genetic conditions, more than 1,060 genes, more than 80 gene families, all of the human chromosomes, and mitochondrial DNA. New summaries are added regularly. GHR continues to be an important and useful health information resource, currently receiving about 43,000 visitors per day and 39 million hits per month.

Published: February 1, 2016