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Genome map now includes 50% of human genes

  October, 26 1998 20:41
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NEW YORK , Oct 23 (Reuters) : Researchers have unveiled an updated map of the human genome that includes about half of the body's estimated 60,000 genes.

Genome map

The revised map incorporates the latest finding from the Human Genome Project , a federally funded research initiative which aims to determine the locations of genes on human chromosomes, and the sequence of DNA bases, or chemical subunits, that make up each gene.

Among other things, the updated map should help researchers find genes that, when mutated, cause hereditary disease,the lead researcher, Dr.Panos Deloukas of the Sanger Center in Cambridge, UK, told Reuters Health in an interview.

Source: Science 1998;282:744-746.

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