What memories stand out from your time working on the Human Genome Project (HGP)?
"I used to love watching the people pouring the sequencing gels and the robot picking blue/white selected colonies. There was a general feeling of excitement because we were clearly venturing into completely new territory." – Steve Bentley
"By far, it was the sense of community, camaraderie and family. Even people who were not directly working on HGP (such as myself) felt part of it, and felt that we were all contributing to and witnessing something very special. It was a very inclusive time, and everyone was consulted on what could be done to speed up 'the race' to complete the human genome and ensure that it was publicly available to all." – Nancy Holroyd
"The celebrations as we reached each milestone. It felt so great to be part of something so groundbreaking." – Siobohan Austin-Guest
"It was like working for a start-up. We were young, the science was new and we were in uncharted waters never knowing what new discovery or technique was waiting for you the next day." – Neil Sycamore
"The flood of the West Pavillion… I remember myself and colleague at the top of the lift in West Pavillion waiting for double height fridges and freezers to be sent up to us. Looking down from the bridge and seeing John Sulston in wellies mucking in carrying fridges out via the road way too. This displayed the camaraderie that was seen throughout." – Liz Easthorpe
The social side of the Institute is fondly remembered, as everyone commented on the BBQs, parties, champagne celebrations, cake, sports competitions, pantos and T-shirts that regularly brought people together.