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Health Agencies Update
April 27, 2005

Genomes in the Pipeline

JAMA. 2005;293(16):1966. doi:10.1001/jama.293.16.1966-b

The National Human Genome Research Institute has announced that the genomes of 12 more organisms will be sequenced as part of an ongoing effort to get a better understanding of the human genome and human health (http://www.genome.gov/10002154). The organisms chosen are a marmoset, a skate, a sea slug, a free-living soil amoeba, three fungi, and several insects. Scientists hope that studying these genomes will reveal how, when, and why the human genome came to be composed of certain DNA sequences. In addition, many of the organisms can shed light on human disease and health.

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