USM: Human Genome Project Launched

USM: Human Genome Project Launched

Penang : Malaysia | Sep 24, 2011 at 6:52 AM PDT
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GEORGE TOWN, 24 Sept - Chemical Biology Centre of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has launched the first human genome project in this country to find cause of the existence of individual genetic markers to stunted growth (dwarf).

Leader of the project who is also a dwarf, Lee Ling Sze, 26, said this study USM becomes an important step in development to advance medical and other health care aspects.

"Human disease caused by chromosomal damage may be overcome through research conducted with a group of USM researchers since 2009.

"After finding a faulty chromosome, perhaps it can be used to overcome and treat illnesses more effectively a person other than avoidance of genetic inheritance to future generations," he said in a press conference here Friday.

Lee, who hails from Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, said finding study result found that so far faced dwarf disease is not caused damage to the chromosomes called 'fgf3' (gene akondroplasia).

"This is because of my genes I have normal chromosomes and are not affected, therefore I want to figure out more," she said as she aimed the study to be completed later this year as well as intends to publish a scientific journal as a guide.

Lee is a graduate of Bachelor and Master of Science at USM, which is now continue their studies in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the same field at same university.

She said that pilot project also received maor support and collaboration between USM Chemical Biology Centre and Joint Genome Institute -Los Alamos National Laboratory (JGI-LANH) based in the United States.

wanafiq is based in Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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