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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

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find related articles. powered by google. Nature: Science Update Database lists human genes

"Researchers have compiled a comprehensive catalogue of over 21,000 human genes: as many as three-quarters of the total number of genes thought to be in our genome."

"Analysis of the gene set has already thrown up some interesting findings. It seems, for example, that the sequences at the beginning and end of genes tend to be longer than those in the middle, although no one yet knows why. "There's something funky going on at the front and back of genes," says Ewan Birney of the European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton, Britain."

find related articles. powered by google. BBC Scientists decipher 21,000 genes

"The analysis also shows that about 4% of the human genome sequence is missing or misassembled, say the researchers. Professor Brookes added that the research supported the theory that much of our DNA has no function.

"The genome wasn't designed by a computer programmer, from top to bottom. It keeps evolving all the time. There are bits of the genome and RNA molecules that are probably not doing much. Maybe they did once, but they don't now. Or maybe they're evolving a function.""

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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