People Who’ve Had Their Genomes Sequenced

People Who’ve Had Their Genomes Sequenced

by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted September 21, 2009 in DNA in General

Trying to compile a list of people who’ve had their genome sequenced and announced it publicly:

  1. Craig Venter
  2. James Watson
  3. Stephen Quake
  4. George Church
  5. Marjolein Kriek
  6. Hermann Hauser
  7. Han Chinese
  8. Seong-Jin Kim
  9. Korean AK1
  10. Yoruban African NA18507
  11. 14 others sequenced by Complete Genomics
  12. Unknown number sequenced by Knome
  13. 6 genomes sequenced at high depth by the 1000 Genomes Project
  14. 180 genomes sequenced at low coverage by the 1000 Genomes Project
  15. Two acute myeloid leukemia patients

Know any I’ve missed?

Please see the comments for more links.

Sources: Technology Review, Nature 2009 Aug 20; 460(7258):1011-5

Last edited 22 September 2009



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Comment by The DNAcowboy Subscribed to comments via email

Illumina’s genome sequencing service costs $48,000, and its first customer was entrepreneur Hermann Hauser.

Comment by Keith Robison

I think there are two distinct Korean genomes sequenced.

A highly annotated whole-genome sequence of a Korean individual.
Kim JI, Ju YS, Park H, Kim S, Lee S, Yi JH, Mudge J, Miller NA, Hong D, Bell CJ, Kim HS, Chung IS, Lee WC, Lee JS, Seo SH, Yun JY, Woo HN, Lee H, Suh D, Lee S, Kim HJ, Yavartanoo M, Kwak M, Zheng Y, Lee MK, Park H, Kim JY, Gokcumen O, Mills RE, Zaranek AW, Thakuria J, Wu X, Kim RW, Huntley JJ, Luo S, Schroth GP, Wu TD, Kim H, Yang KS, Park WY, Kim H, Church GM, Lee C, Kingsmore SF, Seo JS.
Nature. 2009 Aug 20;460(7258):1011-5. Epub 2009 Jul 8.
PMID: 19587683

The first Korean genome sequence and analysis: full genome sequencing for a socio-ethnic group.
Ahn SM, Kim TH, Lee S, Kim D, Ghang H, Kim DS, Kim BC, Kim SY, Kim WY, Kim C, Park D, Lee YS, Kim S, Reja R, Jho S, Kim CG, Cha JY, Kim KH, Lee B, Bhak J, Kim SJ.
Genome Res. 2009 Sep;19(9):1622-9. Epub 2009 May 26.
PMID: 19470904

Comment by Berci Mesko

Yes, there are certainly two Korean totally sequenced genomes. Plus, as far as I know, Knome sequenced more than 10 people (for serious amounts of money of course).


Awesome. Thanks for your help, guys! Just curious to see how quickly the list grows. Is there a central repository of the publicly available sequences or at least a link list of where each can be found? I know available data from the PGP-10 is at:

Comment by Daniel MacArthur Subscribed to comments via email

Hey Hsien,

One of the Koreans is named: Seong-Jin Kim (the last author on the second paper Keith cited above). The other is known only as AK1.

The Yoruba individual is an anonymous male known as NA18507, and he’s actually been sequenced twice: once using Illumina technology, and a second time using SOLiD.

The 1000 Genomes Project has so far sequenced six genomes (three Europeans and three Africans, all anonymous HapMap individuals) to very high depth, and a further 180 individuals (60 Europeans, 60 Yoruba, 30 Han Chinese and 30 Japanese) with very low coverage. The project will have sequenced round 1200 genomes at low coverage by Feb 2010.

There are also two acute myeloid leukemia patients who have had both their cancer and normal genome sequenced: see here and here.


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Comment by Dan Vorhausme

As far as a central repository, there’s always SNPedia’s genome page which has as complete a listing of genomes – including links to the data, where available – as I know of.


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