Hot off the press! Scientists just announced the sequencing of the final chromosome in the human genome is complete. This is big news. The sequencing took 150 researchers 10 years to complete.
In 1990, the Human Genome Project launched with a goal of identifying the DNA sequence and genes that provide the “blueprint” for humanity. Chromosome 1 is the largest chromosome, with nearly twice as many genes as the average chromosome. Already, genes on this chromosome have been identified that cause a common form of cleft palate. Research promises that we will soon learn more about common illnesses and diseases like cancer.
Keep in mind that the sequencing is just the first, albeit laborious, step. Now researches get to dig into the data to figure out what the genes on chromosome 1 do, how they interact, and what they mean.
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