Pioneering scientists in the UK have decoded a record-breaking two billion letters of DNA, it has been revealed.

This “life code” recently found contains information about biology, health and disease in…

It is the genes written in the DNA that dictate the diseases we are likely to get and how we respond to treatment.

Remarkable achievement

Sequencing involves identifying the repeated patterns of component bases – or letters – that make up the long twisting strands of the molecule deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

As well as contributing one-third (903 million bases) of the work involved in deciphering our genome, scientists at the Sanger Institute in Hinxton near Cambridge have also helped to decode the DNA secrets of…

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