According to AFP, researchers at Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) in the Netherlands have mapped the full genetic sequence of a woman for the first time.
A statement issued by LUMC said, “[She]’s the first woman in the world and the first European whose DNA sequence will be made public”.
Gert-Jan van Ommen, head of the team that carried out the study, added, “The sequencing of a woman[’s DNA] allows a better understanding of the X-chromosome” (the gene thread associated with female characteristics).
Four other human genomes have been mapped previously – all of them men. Van Ommen said, “It was time, after the sequencing of four men, to balance the sexes”. (Via The Great Beyond).
(Wikipedia: “In biology the genome of an organism is its whole hereditary information and is encoded in the DNA”)
(Cross-posted at The F Word on 15 June 2008)
©2008 Helen G