Genome mapping for everyone?

Checking genetic compatibility easily and cheaply may be feasible in the not too distant future.

Melbourne-based Professor Richard Cotton, heads up the international Human Variome Project which aims to create a database of every mutation of every gene that causes disease.

Professor Cotton, a friend of HSP Research Foundation co-founder Robin Bligh, said: “each disease is so rare that they’re a tiny voice, but as a group they cause an enormous amount of damage in the community”.  About 60 per cent of people in their lifetime will either suffer a disease caused by a genetic mutation or have a loved one afflicted.

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