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Fewer Genes Than We Thought -- International Consortium Publishes Sequence And Analysis Of The Human Genome

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February 12, 2001
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The international genome consortium published a series of scientific papers in Feb. 15, 2001, issue of NATURE magazine. The analysis described in the papers reveal, for the first time, surprising new details about how the human genome is organized and how it evolved. For example, the genome only contains 30,000 to 40,000 genes, far fewer than the 100,000 estimate used for most of the last decade. The analysis also reveals information about the evolution of humans, the surprising observation that some human genes appear to have come directly from bacteria and information about the mutation rate in males verses females.

Washington, D.C., February 12, 2001 -- The Human Genome Project international consortium today announced the publication of a draft sequence and initial analysis of the human genome-the genetic blueprint for a human being. The paper appears in the Feb. 15 issue of the journal Nature.


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NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute. (2001, February 12). Fewer Genes Than We Thought -- International Consortium Publishes Sequence And Analysis Of The Human Genome. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/02/010212073444.htm
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute. "Fewer Genes Than We Thought -- International Consortium Publishes Sequence And Analysis Of The Human Genome." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/02/010212073444.htm (accessed April 18, 2014).

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