Most detailed human genome sequence yet reveals our hidden variation

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By Michael Marshall

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We’re still learning more about the human genome

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A new, more complete version of the human genome is already bearing fruit after being released two months ago. It has revealed enormous amounts of genetic variation between people that could not previously be detected – variation that may underlie diseases.

“There were variants that were hiding in plain sight,” says Megan Dennis of the University of California, Davis.

Other studies suggest the new genome will finally reveal the functions of seemingly useless “junk DNA”. Because this DNA is repetitive, it has proved difficult …

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