Progress, and Applications
of the Human Genome Project
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Human Genome News Archive Edition
Human Genome News, January 1998; 9:(1-2)
Researchers at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) announced the completion of an 18-month effort to sequence the genome of Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The most common tick-transmitted illness in the United States, Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose and cure. If not treated early with antibiotics, it causes nerve damage and progressive arthritis. The work, described in a paper by Claire Fraser and others in the December 11, 1997, issue of Nature, represents the sixth genome completely sequenced at TIGR in 2.5 years. Sequence data and related annotation are available on the TIGR Web site (http://www.tigr.org/new).
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