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Mapping the Genome

  • Charles R. Cantor
  • Cassandra L. Smith
Conference paper
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 46)

Abstract

At the outset it is important to restate why we want to map the human genome and what such maps will tell us. There are many different types of genomic maps. A map is basically a sketch of the genome. Like a geographical map, it lets one find things. In particular, maps of the human genome will probably let us locate most, if not all, of the genes that are important in a variety of human diseases. Using the technology available today, we can locate easy genes, but it is more difficult to find genes involved in complex disorders like schizophrenia, where many genes may be involved. It is reasonable to guess that with much more detailed maps, we will have more success in attacking more complex diseases.

Keywords

Base Pair Human Chromosome Entire Human Genome Aerial View Coli Genome 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles R. Cantor
    • 1
  • Cassandra L. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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