Largest Human Chromosome Deciphered

Posted by
Mike Kremer on Dec 21, 2001 at 05:42 (

Another chapter in the human book of life has been published.
Scientists have deciphered the complete genetic instructions of a third chromosome, one of the 24 bundles of DNA that carry our genetic material.
The latest to be finished, chromosome 20, is the largest so far.
The discovery could shed light on why some people are more likely to develop common diseases such as diabetes, obesity or eczema because of their genes. It could also give an insight into variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the human form of mad cow disease. The gene that appears to make some people more susceptible to contracting vCJD is found on chromosome 20.

So the whole World becomes healthy....and then?

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