Chinese and Nigerian men join elite genome club

2017-12-03 02:00:04

RACIAL barriers have toppled at a very elite club. Two anonymous men, one Han Chinese, the other Yoruban from Nigeria, have become the first non-white, non-celebrities to have their full genomes sequenced. Until now, geneticists Craig Venter and James Watson were the only individuals whose full genomes were known. This week, research teams led by Jun Wang of the Beijing Genomics Institute in Shenzhen, China, and David Bentley of Illumina Cambridge in Essex, UK, published the genomes of the Chinese man and Nigerian man respectively, in the journal Nature (DOI: 10.1038/nature07484 and DOI: