Flowers of Molecular Biology — science newsJanuary 6, 1973
Over the past few years, a number of artificial genes have been synthesized…. But no one has unraveled the actual genes that determine protein production. Now researchers… have done it… There is no doubt that gene sequencing has had a powerful impact on the advancement of medical science.
A new era of genetics research ushered in when scientists reported that they had deciphered the building blocks of genes belonging to viruses. (When folded up, the gene itself looks like a flower.) In the decades since, scientists have mapped the genetic blueprint, or genome, of entire organisms across the tree of life.
In 2001, the Human Genome Project released a draft of our collective genome.Grandmaster The blueprint was finally completed last year (SN: 4/23/22, p. 6). Obtaining the human genome has been leading to powerful medical advancesincluding the development of targeted gene therapies and screening for rare diseases (SN: 27 March 21, p.3. 10). In the future, people may routinely have their genomes sequenced to monitor their health.