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Number of Sequenced Human Genomes Doubles

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Science  07 Nov 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5903, pp. 838
DOI: 10.1126/science.322.5903.838

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Summary

This week, three reports describe the first African, the first Asian, and the first cancer patient to have their entire DNA deciphered. The sequences provide clues about genome variation and disease; they also demonstrate the potential of a relatively new sequencing technique to mass-produce human genomes.