A recent report on phase one of the 1,000 Genomes Project published in Nature demonstrates human genetic variations through the analysis of the genomes of 1,092 individuals from 14 populations. The pilot study, conducted in 2010, provided detailed analyses of the first 185 genomes sequenced.
LSU Boyd Professor and Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor Mark Batzer and an international consortium of hundreds of the world’s best and brightest experts have come together to tackle the 1,000 Genomes Project, which aims to provide a deep understanding of human genome sequence variation. It will be a foundation for investigating the relationship between genotypes – coded, internal information stored in our genes – and phenotypes, the outward expressions of those genes.
“This is the biggest study of human variation and diversity ever attempted,” Batzer said, one of the principal investigators in the group. “Phase one of the project provides new insight into origin and distribution of human genetic variants.”
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