Craig Venter's Genome

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On September 4th, 2007, a team led by Craig Venter, published his complete DNA sequence[1], unveiling the six-billion-letter genome of a single individual for the first time. Some of the sequences in Venter's genome are associated with wet earwax, increased risk of antisocial behaviour, Alzheimer's and cardiovascular diseases. This publication was especially interesting since it contained a diploid instead of a haploid genome and shows promise for personalized medicine via genotyping.


  1. Levy S, Sutton G, Ng PC, Feuk L, Halpern AL; et al. (2007). "The Diploid Genome Sequence of an Individual Human". PLoS Biology. 5 (10).