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Scientists Plan to Create Synthetic Human Genome

Scientists now plan to create and design human DNA from scratch.

(Photo : NIH) Scientists now plan to create and design human DNA from scratch.

Scientists and researchers have successfully completed the human genome sequence which includes the entire human DNA with thousands and thousands of genes. Now, an ambitious new research will push the limits of human genome sequencing in this new study.

In this new, challenging initiative, a team of scientists will attempt to construct the longest stretches of human DNA that can span as long as the entire human genome.

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The first complete human genome sequence which is also considered as the original genome sequencing is known as the Human Genome Project, is considered to be "HGP read". In this new study, scientists are proposing a new process known as "HGP write", and instead of sequencing the human genome, the team will be building an entirely new human genome.

This team of scientists is composed of researchers from Harvard Medical School, University of California and New York University Langone Medical Center who believes that this new genome synthesis is the next frontier in genetics where they also aim to encourage more awareness for public discussion which will include the ethics behind this controversial technique.

Scientists explain that this human genome scale synthesis is now becoming more feasible which can lead to more scientific efforts to further study and understand, and form discussions that will ultimately lead to applications for large genome engineering technology.

Scientists also argue that the biggest focus of this new study can significantly bring down expensive costs for creating and writing extremely long sections of DNA in the next 10 years.

Why is building a new human DNA genome so important? This ambitious task aims to improve human health by helping in growing new human organs that can be transplanted that scientists hope to launch this year, which can cost significantly less, than the original Human Genome Project to sequence it.

This new study is published in the journal Science. 

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