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Genome Sequencing (DRAFT)

One very common thing done in genomics research is to sequence the DNA of an individual living thing. When all of the DNA in an individual is sequenced, that is called sequencing the whole genome. Too often, stories in the media describe this process in ways that are not accurate and sometimes over-hyped.

We want to help encourage better understanding of this key concept. This article is meant to be clear answer answer these questions:

  • What is genome sequencing?

  • What is it not?

  • What can we learn from genome sequencing?

  • What can we not learn from genome sequencing?

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