Study: Most people have a unique pattern of "jumping" genes

06/24/2010 | Reuters

U.S. scientists sequenced the genome of 76 people and found that more than 90% of them have a unique set of transposons, or genes that "jump" from one place to another on the chromosome. They also found these jumping genes are more likely to be found in lung tumors than in brain cancers. "From these findings, we predict that there is going to be more variation in human genomes than scientists first believed," said the lead researcher.

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