The September issue of Genome Research is available, and it's dedicated to personal genomics and genetic variation. Two papers cover the sequencing of African and Korean individuals. In one, scientists led by Kevin McKernan at Life Technologies used the SOLiD instrument to sequence an African individual, finding almost four million SNPs, 19 percent of which are new, and mapped the structural variation of the genome.

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