Dutch scientist claim sequencing of female DNA

May 26, 2008 6:26:47 PM PDT
Dutch scientists claim they have completed the first sequencing of an individual woman's DNA. The researchers at Leiden University Medical Center say they have sequenced the DNA of one their researchers, geneticist Marjolein Kriek. They plan to publish it after review. No other scientists have verified their data.

The first sequencing of a composite human genome was announced in 2001, followed by the first individual DNA sequencing in 2007. Four individual male genomes have been sequenced.

Lead researcher Gert-Jan van Ommen said Monday that "it was time, after sequencing four males, to balance the genders a bit."