The Future - Human Genetics

23.11.06

The "book of life" has been opened in what is being called the biggest leap in basic principle human genetics. These principles were established in the 19th century by the "father" of Mendelian genetics Gregor Mendel, and by Jim Watson and Francis Crick, who discovered the DNA double helix in 1953.

Excerpt here from The Independent.
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Genetic breakthrough that reveals the differences between humans


Scientists hail genetic discovery that will change human understanding



By Steve Connor, Science Editor
Published: 23 November 2006
Scientists have discovered a dramatic variation in the genetic make-up of humans that could lead to a fundamental reappraisal of what causes incurable diseases and could provide a greater understanding of mankind.

The discovery has astonished scientists studying the human genome - the genetic recipe of man. Until now it was believed the variation between people was due largely to differences in the sequences of the individual "letters" of the genome.

It now appears much of the variation is explained instead by people having multiple copies of some key genes that make up the human genome.

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