A decade after mapping the genome, scientists scramble for more imaging data to unravel its mysteries


When the human genome was first sequenced over a decade ago, it was widely hailed as one of the greatest scientific achievements of all time. With 3.2 billion combined A, C, G and T nucleotides that make up our genes, just one investigation – by 400 researchers analyzing the “pseudogenes” once thought to be dormant relics of our evolutionary past – produced such a wealth of results that in graphic form it would fill a poster 50 feet high and 10 miles long, figured the Associated Press.

In other words, sequencing the human genome merely showed us that we had an overwhelming number of mysteries yet to decode. We were like toddlers handed a giant encyclopedia as a means of learning the facts of life – not only could we not read the book, we didn’t even know how many entries it contained.

“Not only do we not know…

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