China launches world’s largest human genome research project
China has launched world’s largest human genome research project to document the genetic makeup of one lakh people to help generate the precision medicines for the future.
The project aims to provide references for China’s medical research, clinical diagnoses and treatments. It will detect genetic links between health and sickness and involve one person from different ethnic backgrounds and regions.
The project will collect genetic data of Han ethnic majority people from all over the country and 9 other ethnic minority groups with a population of more than 5 million. There are about 25,000 human genes and project aims to decode hereditary information contained in each.
The project includes four stages – collecting, sequencing gene samples, gathering data and sharing findings. As per report, project will conclude all its gene sequencing and analysis within four years, making it the fastest genome engineering project in the world.