DNA Double Take

Genomic Mosaicism

Genomic Mosaicism

“…scientists are discovering that — to a surprising degree — we contain genetic multitudes. Not long ago, researchers had thought it was rare for the cells in a single healthy person to differ genetically in a significant way. But scientists are finding that it’s quite common for an individual to have multiple genomes. Some people, for example, have groups of cells with mutations that are not found in the rest of the body. Some have genomes that came from other people.”

via DNA Double Take – NYTimes.com.

[Chimerism and genomic mosaicism may be far more common then formerly suspected–perhaps even typical. There may be huge implications for biology, medicine and forensics–PR]

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