Venter Completes DNA Sequencing

Craig Venter at the Institute for Genomic Research in Gaithersburg, MD, USA created a complete DNA sequencing of a free-living organism in May 1997. Venter and Hamilton 0. Smith of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA announced they had determined the complete genetic blueprint of Haemophilus influenzae, a bacterium that can cause human infections, including a form of meningitis. The organism’s DNA comprised of 1,830,137 base pairs, containing the coded instructions for 1,743 genes.

      May 1997
      J. Craig Venter
      Gaithersburg, MD, USA

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