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Scientists complete gene research study

Update: February, 26/2015 - 09:19
Dr Le Sy Vinh. — Photo Vnexpress

HA NOI (VNS) — A group of scientists who completed a Vietnamese human genome study last year have announced they have completed the sequencing and analysis of the genomes of three members of a Vietnamese family.

At the end of 2013, the group of scientists, led by Dr Le Sy Vinh from the University of Technology under the Viet Nam National University, successfully completed a Vietnamese human genome study.

In 2014, the group expanded the study from one individual to three family members: a father, mother and child.

The building and analysis of the human genome map could have major impacts in many fields, including medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and anthropology. It could also play an important role in the early detection and treatment of diseases.

The expansion of the study would help the group to complete the analysis of many individuals, Vinh said.

If multiple genomes were sequenced, we could have a clearer picture of the biological development and characteristics of an ethnicity as well as their history of development and migration, he added.

Information regarding the relations among the genes of parents and child would raise the accuracy of the study.

The latest research also focused on the analysis of genes that could possibly cause diseases based on the data from the three individuals. More importantly, the results could be used as a reference source for future research all over the world, Vinh said.

Many diseases are caused by gene mutations, and these studies would act as a precursor to find harmful changes by discovering diseases that a person could suffer from, and working on preventive and therapeutic measures tailored to that individual.

Vinh said that in the future, his team would work with medical scientists and large hospitals to provide this service. — VNS

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