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Human Genome to be Released on CD-Rom

NEW YORK, Sept 19 - A CD-Rom containing a working draft of the human genome will be available for purchase at British newsstands later this week, ZDNet reported on Tuesday.

The Wellcome Trust provided 2.5 billion base pairs of human DNA, which will be available on CD-Rom for the first time. The human genome is said to consist of 3.1 billion base pairs.

Tim Hubbard, head of the human genome project at the Sanger Centre in Cambridge, created the CD for the front cover of Prospect , a political magazine, ZDNet said.

The CD will open a browser that will allow users with a PC or a Mac to view all of the A’s, C’s, T’s, and G’s that comprise the human genome. The CD also offers a look at the 24 human chromosomes with genes marked with different colors.


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