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Friday, April 16, 2010

Just for fun: First genome


In 1995
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Haemophilus influenzae was the first organism to have its genome completely sequenced. Since then hundreds of creatures have been added to the list, including humans. Here's that first complete genome, a beautiful merger of art and science.

haemophilus genome 440

"Whole-genome random sequencing and assembly of Haemophilus influenzae Rd." Science: 1995 Jul 28;269(5223):496-512.

By the way, Haemophilus influenzae is a bacteria, not one of the viruses that causes the flu (it was falsely accused of that crime at the time it was discovered and named, back in 1892).

Hat tip: The Loom