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Ten Years On: the Human Genome Project Today

This Catalyst article looks at how our knowledge of the human genome has increased greatly during the last 10 years, and genome sequencing techniques have become much faster. On 26th June 2000 it was announced that scientists had completed a first draft of the human genome, the DNA instructions for making a human being. The project had taken 10 years and promised a new age of genetic discovery and a revolution in medicine. The article looks at what has happened since the release of this draft sequence, the surprises it has revealed and whether the project has really had much of an impact.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE Science Review 2010, Volume 21, Issue 2.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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