Scientists have completed mapping the human genome. New research from the Telomere-to-Telomere (T2T) Consortium, a loose collaborative of about 100 scientists, shows that the team has completed a challenging 8% of the human genome left unresolved by the initial Human Genome Project.
The Human Genome Project originally unveiled a nearly complete rendering of our genetic code in 2003. But even then, it was known that it was only 92% complete. However, the T2T Consortium has now filled in that missing 8%.
CNBC has quoted Adam Phillippy, a computational biologist at the National Human Genome Research Institute and a leader of the effort, as saying: “It’s done, and it’s correct, and it’s been through all those levels of vetting. We’re optimistic there might be keys to human evolution and what makes us uniquely human.”
The news outlet added that researchers believe that advances in genomic sequencing technology could “help scientists better understand how humans evolved particular traits” and lead to “a renaissance of medical breakthroughs.”
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