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Definition of National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI): One of the newest of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NHGRI's mission in formal terms is to "support the NIH component of the Human Genome Project, a worldwide research effort designed to analyze the structure of human DNA and determine the location of the estimated 100,000 human genes. The NHGRI Intramural Research Program develops and implements technology for understanding, diagnosing, and treating genetic diseases." The National Human Genome Research Institute is at the forefront of U.S. research on a molecular level into the mysteries and marvels of the treasury of human heredity, all of our DNA.

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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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