The Two Versions of the Human Genome
Sequenced, yes – but decoded? We still don’t fully understand our human genetic make-up. The answer to many of its mysteries lies in the diploid nature of the genome, which contains two sets of chromosomes: one inherited from the father and one from the mother. Margret Hoehe from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin has sequenced both versions of the human genome separately for the first time and, in the process, discovered that individuals are even more individual than we thought.
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