Genetics

26 May 2008

First woman decoded

Dutch scientists claim they have completed the first sequencing of an individual woman's DNA.

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Dutch scientists claim they have completed the first sequencing of an individual woman's DNA.

The researchers at Leiden University Medical Center say they have sequenced the entire genome of one their researchers, geneticist Marjolein Kriek, and plan to publish it after review.

The first sequencing of a composite human genome was announced in 2001, followed by the first individual DNA sequencing in 2007. In all, four individual male genomes have been sequenced - including that of James Watson, credited with first describing the structure of DNA in 1953 along with Francis Crick.

Lead researcher Gert-Jan van Ommen said in a statement that "it was time, after sequencing four males, to balance the genders a bit." – (Sapa, May 2008)

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