In 2003, the human genome was announced as completed, that is, it has been sequenced, assembled, and important functional elements such as genes had been identified and annotated.
However, in reality, up to 20% of the genome remains incomplete and is excluded from the human genome assembly. We will discuss what these excluded regions are, the sequences they contain, why these regions are considered “junk DNA”, and important functional information about these regions that we lack and that has implications for human health and disease.
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Dr. Beth Sullivan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology in the Duke School of Medicine.
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