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Researchers from Emory University Undertake A New Genetic Mapping

ed that these blocks come in four types: adenine (A), thymine (T), cystosine (C), and guanine (G).

The scientists have since then have been concentrating their attention for mapping the tiny variations in the genetic code of an additional 36 people, attempting to try and understand as to why certain people suffer from diseases, while others don’t, like for example why a non-smoker could develop lung cancer while some life long smokers do not get sick.

It was reported that a federally led mapping of the variations called "snips" _ or SNPs, an abbreviation for ‘single-nucleotide polymorphisms’ was published in 2005.

The scientists explained that those variations involve single-block replacements, meaning part of one person's genetic sequence might read A-T-C, but a SNP might replace a G for the C in the next person, resulting in A-T-G.

The Emory researchers explained that they used the SNP mapper’s data, but used a new kind of computer-based analysis to search for another type of variation known as ‘INDEL’ for insertion and deletion polymorphism. They explained that in an INDEL, the building blocks are added or deleted, but not just switched on a one-for-one basis, and that an insertion or deletion can involve thousands of blocks.

The Emory researchers said that the INDEL’s represent as much as 25 percent of all genetic variations. Devine said that they have already have been shown to be the cause of several genetic diseases, including cystic fibrosi.


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