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Health Agencies Update
January 28, 2004

Chimp Genome Sequenced

JAMA. 2004;291(4):415. doi:10.1001/jama.291.4.415-a

The National Human Genome Research Institute has recently completed a first draft sequence of the chimpanzee genome and has aligned it with the human genome. The data have been put into the National Institutes of Health's public database, GenBank (located at http://www.ncbi.nih.gov/GenBank).

The chimpanzee is the species most closely related to humans, and an international team of scientists is now comparing the two genomes. A comparative analysis could lead to a better understanding of human disease, evolution, and genetics. Information about the project is available at http://www.genome.gov/11509418.

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