Scientists in Britain have finished the final analysis of human chromosome “6” which contains genes linked to the body’s immune response against bacteria and viruses. It is the largest of the 23 pairs of human chromosomes completed so far, with 2,190 genes, and forms nearly six percent of the entire human genome, or “book of life.”

“CHROMOSOME 6 is very rich in immune genes. These are the genes that give us protection from pathogens,” said Stephan Beck, the head of human sequencing at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Center in Cambridge, England.

“They basically determine whether or not you survive if you get infected by bacteria or viruses,” he told Reuters on Wednesday.
The sequencing of the human genome, the complete list of coded instructions needed to make a person, was finally completed by a team of international scientists in April.

Researchers are now analyzing each chromosome, strands of tightly packaged DNA, to learn how to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases.

“These genes on chromosome 6…

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