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-Johns Hopkins - Widely Used Reference for the Human Genome is Missing 300 Million Bits of DNA

Nov 20, 2018 - ENP Newswire

For the past 17 years, most scientists around the globe have been using the nucleic acid sequence, or genome, an assembly of DNA information, from primarily a single individual as a kind of 'baseline' reference and human species representation for comparing genetic variety among groups of people.

Known as the GRCh38 reference genome, it is periodically updated with DNA sequences from other individuals, but in a new analysis, Johns Hopkins scientists now say that the collective genomes of 9...