Genetics

1:02am

Wed September 19, 2012
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Scientists See Upside And Downside Of Sequencing Their Own Genes

Originally published on Mon September 24, 2012 2:03 pm

Dr. James Watson looks at a reproduction of the structure of DNA, which he helped discover, in this 1962 photograph. Decades later, Watson was one of the first people to have his entire genome sequenced.
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When scientists were looking for the first person to test a new, superfast way of deciphering someone's entire genetic blueprint, they turned to James Watson the guy who shared a Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA.

"They had to sequence someone, so they got me," he says.

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1:34am

Tue September 18, 2012
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As Genetic Sequencing Spreads, Excitement, Worries Grow

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:43 pm

Slides containing DNA sit in a bay waiting to be analyzed by a genome sequencing machine.
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Ever since James Watson and Francis Crick cracked the genetic code, scientists have been fascinated by the possibilities of what we might learn from reading our genes.

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11:26am

Wed September 5, 2012
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Scientists Unveil 'Google Maps' For Human Genome

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:56 pm

Scientists unveiled the results of a massive international project Wednesday that they say debunks the notion that most of our genetic code is made up of so-called junk DNA.

The ENCODE project, which involved hundreds of researchers in dozens of labs, also produced what some scientists are saying is like Google Maps for the human genome.

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