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First comprehensive atlas of human gene expression released

By John Fox
Staff Writer

Monday, March 31, 2014
HONG KONG — Publication of the first comprehensive map of gene activity throughout the human body should play a key role in the identification of those genes involved in disease and lead to the development of new personalized treatments. The 5th edition of the Functional Annotation of the Mammalian genome (FANTOM5) project, a large international consortium led by the Riken Institute in Japan, provides the first overview of the highly complex networks regulating gene expression across the wide variety of human cell types. The researchers published their findings in two landmark reports in the March 26, 2014, issue of Nature and in 16 related articles in 10 other leading academic journals.

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