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International Genome Team Deciphers Genetic Instructions For A Complete Animal

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December 11, 1998
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Although several of them will fit on the head of a pin, the tiny roundworm, known by its scientific name as Caenorhabditis elegans, made it big today as Human Genome Project researchers in the United States and Great Britain announced they have sequenced the animal's 97 million-base genome. It marks the first time scientists have spelled out the instructions for a complete animal, that, like humans, has a nervous system, digests food, and has sex.

Although several of them will fit on the head of a pin, the tiny roundworm, known by its scientific name as Caenorhabditis elegans, made it big today as Human Genome Project researchers in the United States and Great Britain announced they have sequenced the animal's 97 million-base genome. It marks the first time scientists have spelled out the instructions for a complete animal, that, like humans, has a nervous system, digests food, and has sex.


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