**HGNC Newsletter** Autumn 2023

The Human Genome Organization (HUGO) was conceived in 1988 at the first meeting on genome mapping and sequencing at Cold Spring Harbor. Its original purpose was to promote international collaborative efforts to study the human genome and to address the myriad issues raised by knowledge of the genome — including ethical and societal questions and issues involving nomenclature. Beginning with 42 scientists from 17 countries, HUGO has increased its membership base today to more than 1,200 members from 69 countries.
In 2008, HUGO passed its 20th anniversary and decided on a change in its direction. With the original goal of sequencing the human genome accomplished, HUGO decided to focus on two outstanding issues: First, HUGO will explore the medical implications of genomic knowledge ( i.e., to seek the biological and medical meaning of genomic information — genomic medicine); and second, to enhance the genomic capabilities and to help fulfill the genomic aspirations of the emerging scientific countries of the world. The excitement and interest in genomic sciences in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa are palpable; and the hope is that these technologies will help in national development and health, worldwide.
So, it is in these two areas in which HUGO will focus on over the ensuing years: the expansion of genomic medicine and greater engagement with the emerging scientific countries. This also includes the HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC), which details their progress in reports four times a year. Instead of stripping-and-pasting into an email (as I’ve always done), it is now more convenient to simply provide the URL, and interested GEITP’ers can click on it and learn the latest in gene nomenclature, if they so wish. Please click on the URL [below] to see the Autumn 2023 issue.


If you have questions or comments on our newsletter or on any human gene nomenclature issue, please email us at: hgnc@genenames.org

HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC)
European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) European Molecular Biology Laboratory Wellcome Genome Campus Hinxton, Cambridgeshire
CB10 1SD, UK

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