The What, Why, and How of Creating a Genome Map

         August 10, 2010

Including the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, scientists have created whole genome sequence maps for over 1,000 species. From maize to oysters, the quest to investigate different species’ genetic code continues. Mapping is the “first step” that provides a baseline for further study into differences between species, the occurrence of certain diseases, and the prevalence of traits such as longevity, taste, or size.

Software that provides access to only the human genome can be limiting, especially because we aren’t all studying the same species. To meet the demands of current and future research studies, a truly robust solution must offer a variety of genome maps with the ability to add more as additional species’ DNA are defined or builds are updated.

We’d like to reach out to the greater research community on this one. How many different species are you studying? How does the ability to view multiple genomes in one software package impact your productivity and/or scope of analysis? Do your current tools meet your needs? Let us know!

To learn how to easily create genome maps in SVS 7, check out our new tutorial in the tutorials section on the Golden Helix website.

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