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OBSERVE HOW Scientists COME UP WITH the entire Human Genome

For the very first time, researchers have sequenced all 3,117,275,501 bases of our genetic code

Credit: Martin Krzywinski

Series of charts shows how much of the human genome was sequenced over time since 2000, ending in completion in 2022.
Credit: Martin Krzywinski; Sources: UCSC Genome Browser; THE ENTIRE Sequence of a Human Genome, by Sergey Nurk et al., in Science, Vol. 376; April 2022

Editors Note (7/22/22): The graphic in this post was edited after posting to improve the amount of bases in a completely gapless genomic sequence in 2022.

This short article was originally published with the title “3,117,275,501 Bases, 0 Gaps” in Scientific American 327, 2, 92 (August 2022)

doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican0822-92



    Clara Moskowitzis Scientific American‘s senior editor covering space and physics. She’s a bachelor’s degree in astronomy and physics from Wesleyan University and agraduate degree in science journalism from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Follow Moskowitz on Twitter @ClaraMoskowitzCredit: Nick Higgins

      Martin Krzywinski is really a staff scientist at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Center.

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