The public Human Genome Project started by identifying unique marker sequences distributed throughout the genome. Then, many copies of a small section of DNA were randomly cleaved into smaller fragments, and each small fragment was sequenced. Because there were originally many copies of the DNA...
In shotgun sequencing many copies of the entire genome are "blown up" into millions of small fragments. Each small fragment is sequenced. Powerful computers then assemble the individual fragments into the original configuration. Repeat sequences pose a problem for this approach because their...
Watch two leading virus researchers explain how they use both simple and sophisticated technologies to detect and fight infectious agents.
New technologies like the Virochip harness DNA's properties to identify and fight new viruses.
Dr. Eric Lander takes us on a tour of this remarkable genetic century, describing the rapid advances in DNA sequencing technologies and information science.
Dr. Lander explores human genetic variation and how it may affect individual susceptibility to certain diseases.
Learn the principles of how DNA is sequenced and assembled into whole genomes using the Sanger method, shotgun sequencing, or ultra-deep sequencing.
This activity supports the film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. Students are guided to sort the lizard species by appearance, then generate a phylogenetic tree using the lizards’ DNA sequences to evaluate whether species that appear similar are closely related...