Everyone’s genome

From Nature: “The human genome underlies the fundamental unity of all members of the human family, as well as the recognition of their inherent dignity and diversity. In a symbolic sense, it is the heritage of humanity.”
Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights

Dna It is with great pleasure that Nature presents this special section of the Genome Gateway to mark the publication of the initial sequencing and analysis of the human genome. We are delighted to uphold the principle at the heart of the Human Genome Project: free and unrestricted access to all our genome related material through these web pages. more…

The human genome is by far the largest genome to be sequenced, and its size and complexity present many challenges for sequence assembly. The International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium constructed a map of the whole genome to enable the selection of clones for sequencing and for the accurate assembly of the genome sequence. Here we report the construction of the whole-genome bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) map and its integration with previous landmark maps and information from mapping efforts focused on specific chromosomal regions. We also describe the integration of sequence data with the map.

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