Researchers at the University College Dublin have sequenced the first Irish genome, and have found that the Irish are genetically distinct from their European neighbors, says the New Scientist's Debora MacKenzie. The subject of the study, which was published in Genome Biology, possesses 400,000 novel mutations of single DNA bases, nearly 8,000 of which appear to be inherited.

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