Two decades after the draft human genome was celebrated as a scientific milestone, scientists have finally finished mapping the complete human genome sequence—and the possibilities are endless.
This article by Hannah Devlin, writing for The Guardian, makes the following points:
- The first gap-free sequence of a human genome has been published. The achievement is expected to pave the way for new insights into health and what makes our species unique.
- Until now, about eight per cent of the human genome was missing.
- One area of interest is that the parts of the genome include those where most of the human genetic variation is found.
- Variability within these regions may explain how our human ancestors underwent rapid evolutionary changes that led to more complex cognition.
- The Science behind the sequencing effort is outlined in six papers published in Science.
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Source: The Guardian