HealthDay - "10 Years On, Still Much To Be Learned From Human Genome Map"

 – April 12, 2013  –– 

As scientists mark the 10th anniversary Sunday of the completion of the Human Genome Project, they will note how that watershed effort has led to the discovery of the genetic underpinnings of almost 5,000 diseases. "What we've learned over the past 10 years is that we're still far from really understanding the complexity of the human genome," said Eric Schadt, chairman of genetics and genomic sciences at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. "Human disease is way more complicated than the old view that single hits to single genes cause diseases. In most forms of diseases, it's whole constellations of genes operating in networks," Schadt explained. Learn more