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Largest set of human genomes from a single population is sequenced

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1720 (Published 27 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1720
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Researchers have sequenced the whole genomes of 2636 people from Iceland and compared them with partial sequences from a further 104 000 to give the largest ever set of human genomes from a single population. The study provides new data to explore links between genetic variants and disease but raises questions about how to use this information in healthcare.1

“These results provide a strategy for the analysis of the full spectrum of genetic variation in any population and raise questions about how society should implement the knowledge gained,” said an editorial in Nature Genetics,2 …

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