Scientists Complete the Pilot Phase of the 1000 Genomes Project

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Scientists published the results of the pilot phase of 1000 Genomes Project – the biggest quest to map all human genetic variants and find the rare variants, in the journal Nature. The 1000 Genome Project was launched in 2008 with the goal of cataloging DNA variants that is 95% complete at the frequency of 1%. [...]

Neanderthal Genome Sequenced: We Are All a Bit of Caveman

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Scientists have sequenced the genome of Neanderthals, the closest relatives of modern humans. The initial analysis, published in this week’s Science magazine, showed that  up to 2 percent of the modern human’s DNA outside of Africa came from Neanderthals or in Neanderthals’ ancestor. Neanderthals and modern human shared a common ancestor about 500,000 years ago. Neanderthals lived [...]

Celebrate DNA Day Today

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Celebrate DNA Day today to commemorate the discovery of DNA double helix structure in 1953 and  the completion of Human Genome sequencing project in 2003.  DNA is the genetic material in most living organisms. The discovery of double helix structure of DNA in 1953, by James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin revolutionized biological/medical [...]

NIH to Create Genetic Testing Registry

NIH Announces Genetic Testing Registry (Image Credit: NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced on March 18 that NIH is going to create a public database of available genetic tests. Advances in technology since the last decade has enabled to perform a number genetic tests, any test involving an analysis of human genes/proteins/DNA/RNA/chromosomes to detect a disease/condition. Currently, there are more 1,600 [...]