New Study Shows We Are all Mutants!

September 2, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that human beings have an estimated 100 to 200 genetic mutations per person, in what is the most accurate estimation in scientific history.

New technology in genetics has allowed scientists to take a closer look at our genetic code, and get a real, accurate portrayal of what mutations are common within humans, and the number of those mutations.

The scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute looked at two Chinese men who were distantly related through one ancestor from the 1800’s. Looking closely at their genetic structures and human genome, they were able to isolate a number of mutations that had occurred in each.

They have estimated that 100 to 200 mutations are possible for each individual human, coming remarkably close to theories that have been in the works for decades, which had estimated around 150.

“The amount of data we generated would have been unimaginable just a few years ago, and finding this tiny number of mutations was more difficult than finding an ant’s egg in an emperor’s rice store,” Dr Yali Xue, who was on the project, excitedly explained to the BBC.

The study has been published in Current Biology.


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