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Chinese scientists finish sequencing of Mongolian genome

By Yu Jia, Zhang Yunlong (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:20, December 20, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Chinese scientists announced the world’s first complete sequencing of Mongolian genome at a press conference held in Hohhot, capital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, on Dec. 18.

The domestically developed genetic map of Mongolian marks a significant breakthrough in China’s anthropology, ethnology, human genetics, and medical and health research, Zhou Huanmin, the project leader and head of the biological research lab at the Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, said.

Bai Haihua, a researcher in the project and a professor at the Inner Mongolia University for the Nationalities, said that the research team sequenced the genome of one of Genghis Khan’s 34th-generation male descendants from the Sunit Tribe, and drew a relatively complete genetic map of the Mongolian, leading the world in both sequencing depth and level.

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