NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A large collection of non-repetitive sequences that are missing from the reference genome appears to include ancestral sequences and sequences involved in human traits or disease, new research suggests.

Using variant calling software called PopIns, researchers from Iceland and Germany analyzed genome data for more than 15,000 sequenced Icelanders. Their search led to almost 3,800 non-repetitive, non-reference sequences, dubbed NRNRs, including many sequences present in chimps and other non-human primates.

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