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Korean Genome Project

What is the Korean Genome Project?


The Korean Genome Project (KGP) is the largest of its kind in South Korea, currently supporting the the sequencing of Korean human genomes of up to 10, 000 bp in length. It originated from the national initiative to build a Korean reference genome, as well as sequence whole population genomes in 2006 by Korean Bioinformation Center (KOBIC), Korean Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), National Center for Standard Reference Data (NCSRD), and Korean Research Insitute of Standards and Science (KRISS), in Daejeon, South Korea.

In 2009, the Genome Research Foundation (GRF) and TheragenEtex began supporting KGP to build the variome of Koreans, as well as the Korean Reference Genome (KOREF). Additionally, KGP began receiving support from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Clinomics, and Ulsan City from 2014 onwards.

The final goal of KGP is to sequence ~ 85,000,000 Koreans, that is, every Korean on Earth!

Korean Reference Genome (KOREF)

KOREF is the national standard reference genome of Koreans, which complements GRCh reference genomes. The data is available for download at the KOREF official website.


Korean Genome Project: 1094 Korean personal genomes with clinical information


The Korean Genome Project is a collaboration between KOGIC, Genome Research Foundation, (GRF), NCSRD, Clinomics, Ulsan Hospital, Ulsan University Hospital, and the City of Ulsan.



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