While strides are being made to understand the human genome and other genomes, researchers cannot just look at a genome and say what creature it comes from and what that creature is like, writes Ed Yong at the BBC. There are a number of hurdles, not the least of which are the gaps that are found in many genomes and the need to better understand the function of regulatory regions in the genome.

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