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Vietnam successfully completes human genome

English.news.cn   2014-01-17 13:40:20

HANOI, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- A group of scientists from the University of Technology under Vietnam National University (VNU) have successfully completed a Vietnamese human genome, said the university on Friday.

The group announced the initial results of the study on building and analyzing Vietnamese genome in capital Hanoi, said the website of VNU.

Accordingly, the group, led by Dr. Le Sy Vinh, lecturer at the University of Engineering Technology and head of the program of key research on information technology, biology and pharmaceutical of VNU, received data of a Vietnamese human genome of over 108 billion nucleotides in late 2013.

The genome map of the Vietnamese individual revealed a total of over three million SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphism), with many of them were found only in the genome of the Vietnamese individual.

The building and analyzing human genome map have major impacts on many areas, including medicine, biotechnology and anthropology. Genetic analysis also plays important role in early detection and treatment of diseases.

Dr. Le Sy Vinh said on the website of VNU that the success of building a Vietnamese human genome was the first step in the process of other projects over genetic system, laying a foundation for further studies on biodiversity and the relationship in genetic variations among Vietnamese people and others in Asia and the world.


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