Why are we all different?

  • November 1, 2010 | Amy

    What makes you and me different? We’re starting to get some answers from an international project that’s sequencing and comparing thousands of different human genomes.

    So far, nearly 200 complete genomes have been sequenced and over 15 million genetic differences have been found. Some of this information could help us diagnose and treat disease better in the future.

    I’m amazed by how quickly this has been achieved.┬áIt took 13 years to sequence the human genome for the first time, but ‘next generation’ technology means genome sequencing is now much faster and cheaper.

    This research appears in the 28 October issue of the journal Nature.

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The 1000 Genomes Project reveals differences in the DNA code

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One comment on 'Why are we all different?'

  1. Tessa


    November 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I would only want my genome sequenced if I knew who else would have access to that information…

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