Main Question or Discussion Point
How exactly did scientists go about determining each of the 3 billion bases that make up the human genome?
I thought I heared on the news a few weeks ago that they had completed it as much as they could. The draft was produced last year and completed recently?Originally posted by Monique
Let me just point out that the sequence of the human genome is not finished jet.. it is still in a draft form, some parts more finished than others.
Apparently it is as finished as it is going to get with current technology and there are only a few small gaps. I think its something like 1% incomplete.Originally posted by Monique
You are right, I looked it up on the NCBI website and they supposedly 'finished' finished the human genome on April 14th.. I wonder how they define 'finished'.. let me read their press releases.
The case is worse!Originally posted by Jack
Sorry I think I was wrong about the 1% incomplete bit. Here is an extract from the article on the BBC News website;
'In the draft in June 2000, 97% of the "book of life" had been read'
'The decoding is now close to 100% complete. The remaining tiny gaps are considered too costly to fill and those in charge of turning genomic data into medical and scientific progress have plenty to be getting on with.'
Here is the full article;