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The two interview transcripts given here are the first to be completed in this new series; a number of others are under preparation. It is hoped that this will provide as complete as possible a picture of the beginnings and development of human and medical genetics across Europe, building on the initial series by Peter Harper (see below).



    Original interview series with founders of human genetics

    Between 2003 and 2014 a series of 100 recorded interviews has been made with older human and medical geneticists by Professor Peter Harper, Cardiff University. Most of those interviewed have been from Britain and continental Europe, but the range of countries is world-wide; the specific locations and fields of work are summarised in the accompanying list.

    Currently all 100 transcripts have been edited and 98 are fully accessible on this website. Excerpts from 10 of the early interviews are also available as audioclips and are given below in a separate listing. A paper based on the interview series has been published (Harper PS 2016, Human Genetics DOI 10.1007/s00439-016-1744-9); print version Feb 2017.

    All recordings, primary transcripts and other material, both electronic and print, related to the interviews are archived as part of Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR). European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) has now initiated a project to extend and develop the interview series more comprehensively throughout Europe, with a panel of interviewers from different countries. Anyone wishing to take part should contact ESHG directly.