Science: Scientists Decode Female DNA

Scientists at Leiden University Medical Center claim to have a sequence of the female genome.

Scientists have reportedly completed the first sequencing of the individual woman’s DNA of a red-haired, 34-year-old Dutch woman.

The researchers at Leiden University Medical Center say they have sequenced the entire genome of one of their female researchers, though no other scientists have yet verified their data.

The DNA sequencing was done with the help of state of art Illumina 1G equipment, which was installed in January 2007 in the Leiden Genome Technology Center, the genomics facility of LUMC.

The first sequencing of a composite human genome was announced in 2001. Four individual male genomes have so far been sequenced. Scientists have also mapped the DNA of about a dozen mammals, including chimpanzees, dogs, cats, cows, and a platypus.

The full complement of an organism’s DNA is called its genome. Animals and people, it is made up of nearly 3 billion building blocks. The sequence of those blocks spells out the hereditary information, just as strings of letters spell out sentences. Decoding a genome, which is called sequencing, means identifying the order of the building blocks.

While scientists have made great advances recently in identifying genes for certain diseases such as cancer, those have not yet translated into cures or treatments.

Scientists have reportedly completed the first sequencing of the individual woman’s DNA of a red-haired, 34-year-old Dutch woman.