7 December 2012
We all have hundreds of DNA flaws, UK geneticists say
By Helen Briggs BBC News
Nobody is perfect from a genetic perspective
Everyone has on average 400 flaws in their DNA, a UK study suggests.
Most are "silent" mutations and do not affect health, although they can cause problems when passed to future generations.
Others are linked to conditions such as cancer or heart disease, which appear in later life, say geneticists.
The evidence comes from the 1,000 Genomes project, which is mapping normal human genetic differences, from tiny changes in DNA to major mutations.
In the study, 1,000 seemingly healthy people from Europe, the Americas and East Asia had their entire genetic sequences decoded, to look at what makes people different from each other, and to help in the search for genetic links to diseases.
The new research, published in The American Journal of Human Genetics, compared the genomes of 179 participants, who were healthy at the time their DNA was sampled, with a database of human mutations developed at Cardiff University.
It revealed that a normal healthy person has on average about 400 potentially damaging DNA variations, and two DNA changes known to be associated with disease. (...)
Full text: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20617312