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By Aaron J. Sender

 

Brrrrr. There’s a draft in here. Oh, it’s the human genome. While researchers have proclaimed that April 2003, the semi-centennial of the double helix, will also be the deadline for turning the draft into a complete sequence, many holes remain. Automated gel electrophoresis has done a good job at getting the bulk of the genome, but what of those extensive repeat and GC regions?

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