Team releases sequel to the human genome

ENCODE reveals regulatory machinery in DNA

By Tina Hesman Saey, 17:50 PM September 5, 2012

The human genetic instruction book just got more readable. Nearly a decade after the Human Genome Project assembled the genome’s 3 billion chemical units, an international consortium has revealed how the components fit together into sentences and chapters.

Already, the genome’s tales are revealing how genetic variants contribute to disease, giving researchers insights into human evolution and even changing how scientists define a gene.

“The questions we can now ask are more sophisticated...

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