Friday, September 07, 2007

First diploid sequence for Homo sapiens

At the turn of the millennium, the first reports of mapping the human genome—a data mosaic from numerous individuals—heralded an era of personalized medicine based on individual human genomes. But so far, the full genomic sequence from a single human being has not been formally published.

This has now come to reality with the publication of the first diploid genome sequence for Homo sapiens in PLoS Biology. The chosen one, or should I say fortunate one, was J. Craig Venter, the founder of the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) and considered one of the most influential people in the world list of Time magazine 2007.

An interactive and impressive poster of the sequenced genome is also made available by PLoS Biology. Be free to fly in to this nice animated flash poster.

Levy S, Sutton G, Ng PC, Feuk L, Halpern AL, et al. (2007). "The Diploid Genome Sequence of an Individual Human". PLoS Biology 5 (10).

Adapted from PLoS Biology

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