Genetics: the human genome will soon be complete

Genetics: the human genome will soon be complete

When human genome sequencing was announced 20 years ago by the Human Genome Project and biotech company Celera Genomics, the sequence was still incomplete. About 15 percent were missing: The limitations of technology at the time made it impossible to trace how certain sequenced segments of DNA fit together. This was especially true for regions in which many letters – or base pairs & nbsp, – are repeated. Over time, scientists solved some of the puzzles. The most recent human genome examined, which geneticists have been using as a reference since 2013, is still missing eight percent of the complete sequence.

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