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DOE sequencing chromosomes 5, 16 and 19
By Bijal P. Trivedi

On Thursday, Bill Richardson, U.S. Secretary of Energy, announced that the draft sequences of human chromosomes 5, 16 and 19 are complete. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute, in Walnut Creek, California, sequenced the three chromosomes that are thought to contain between 10,000 and 15,000 genes.

The draft sequence means that 90 percent of the genetic letters from each chromosome have been sequenced three times, according to DOE. More than 300 million genetic letters from the sequenced chromosomes have been released though the public database, GenBank.

Among the many genes known to reside on these chromosomes are some that have been linked to prostate, breast and colorectal cancer, leukemia and kidney disease.

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