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December 12, 2013

Scientists discover double meaning in genetic code

Genome scientist Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos.

Finding a second code hiding in the genome casts new light on how changes to DNA impact health and disease.


May 14, 2013

DNA analysis unearths origins of Minoans, the first major European civilization

Illustration of the Bull-leaping Fresco from the Great Palace at Knossos, Crete

The maternal genetic information passed down through many generations of mitochondria is still present in modern-day residents of the Lassithi plateau of Crete.


September 5, 2012

Encyclopedia of DNA elements compiled; UW a key force in Project ENCODE

UW genome scientist Dr. John A. Stamatoyannopolous led several major Project ENCODE related studies.

An international team of researchers has made headway toward a comprehensive listing of all the working parts of the human genome. More than 30 scientific papers appear today, include major work by UW researchers. The London Museum of Science celebrates with ceiling banners and aerial dancers.


Millions of DNA switches that power human genome’s operating system are discovered

This illustration depicts DNA packed tightly into chromosomes, as well as a DNA molecule unwound to reveal its 3-D structure.

Scientists created comprehensive maps of elusive gene-controlling DNA and a dictionary of the human genome’s programming language


Researchers unlock disease information hidden in genome’s control circuitry

DNA molecule unwinding from a chromosome inside the nucleus of a cell

Most genetic changes linked to more than 400 common diseases affect regions of DNA that dictate when genes are switched on or off. Many of these changes affect circuits active during early human development.