"Today, June 26, 2000 marks an historic point in the 100,000-year record of humanity."
-Craig Venter at a White House ceremony announcing the completion of a rough draft of the human genome
The publicly funded, international Human Genome Project started the effort to sequence the genome. Late starting Celera Genomics, a private company, soon overtook them, though. In a June 26, 2000 White House ceremony, they jointly announced a rough draft of the human genome.
The draft took less than a decade and a half. That such a vast undertaking has been completed in such a short period of time is a testament to the development of computing technology.