The human genome project

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Thousands of scientists from all over the world collaborated on this. The idea was to find every single human gene. Human DNA is made up of about 25 000 genes curled up to form 23 chromosomes.

The collaboration of lots of scientists meant that the genes were found more quickly and data could be made public.

The good stuff - improving medicine and forensic science

1) PREDICT AND PREVENT DISEASES
If doctors knew what genes gave people what diseases, we could all get individual advice on the best lifestyle and diet to avoid our likely problems. Doctors could check us regularly to ensure early treatment if we do develop the diseases. Cures could be found for genetic diseases e.g. cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anaemia.

2) DEVELOP NEW AND BETTER MEDICINES
We could have medicines designed especially…

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