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This Month in The Archives of Neurology
October 1998

This Month in The Archives of Neurology

Arch Neurol. 1998;55(10):1281-1282. doi:10.1001/archneur.55.10.1281

EvansArticle describes the objectives in the Human Genome Project and our current progress. Of the 70,000 to 80,000 genes in the human genome, he estimates that at least 50% of these genes are expressed in the brain. Only about 3% of the human genome has been sequenced, indicating that most of the genes expressed in the brain are currently undefined. A vast amount of information will be made available at the molecular level to decipher human neurologic diseases and provide genetic means to treat them. It is fair to say, as Evans points out, that "the biomedicine in the next century is likely to take on an entirely new role in society based on the beginnings inherent in the Human Genome Project."

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