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Why Do Scientists Only Study 10% of Human Genes?

News   Sep 19, 2018 | Original Press Release from Northwestern University

 
30% of Human Genes Have Never Been the Focus of a Scientific Study

Hot and cold regions of biology. Historical bias is a key reason biomedical researchers continue to study the same 10 percent of all human genes whose sequences are known while ignoring many genes known to play roles in disease, a Northwestern University study reports. Genes (indicated by dots) are mapped according to generic chemical and biological characteristics. Blue indicates "cold" regions, where genes are studied less frequently than anticipated under the assumption that every gene would be studied to the same extent. Credit: Thomas Stoeger, Northwestern University

 
 
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