The 1000 Genomes Project was launched so that scientists would be able to study genetic variants across populations.
Study of these genetic variants will be able to tell a person’s disease or whether a person is predisposed to having a certain disease. Also, through this study, scientists from around the world were able to see that a person’s genetic sequence contains various anomalies in its configuration. These anomalies have become more and more associated with a person’s health, scientists said.
Tests for this project were made with the use of various state-of-the-art machines, along with a number of scientists from different institutions. While one program would not be able to identify the structural variants in one genome, the scientists had to use different programs in testing the genomes. Each program would complement the other in yielding accurate results.
The study found structural anomalies along the genome such as deletions, which was the highest number of variants, as compared to other variants such as genetic inversions, duplicates and insertions.
With advances in scientific research of this 1000 Genomes Project, scientists are given the means to able to tell genetic mutations in the human gene. They are also able to trace how these mutations came about in the first place.