Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have published a new study that details the sequencing of 64 full human genomes from individuals around the world to better capture the genetic diversity of the human species.

"We've entered a new era in genomics where whole human genomes can be sequenced with exciting new technologies that provide more substantial and accurate reads of the DNA bases," said study co-author Scott Devine, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at UMSOM and faculty member of IGS.

"This is allowing researchers to study areas of the genome that previously were not accessible but are relevant to human traits and diseases."

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The sequencing has many applications including enabling population-specific studies on genetic predispositions to human diseases as well as the discovery of more complex forms of genetic variation. The new dataset reflects 64 assembled human genomes that represent 25 different human populations from across the world.