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ENCODE: The story of you

Ever since a monk called Mendel started breeding pea plants we've been learning about our genomes. In 1953, Watson, Crick and Franklin described the structure of the molecule that makes up our genomes: the DNA double helix. Then, in 2000, scientists wrote down the entire 3-billion letter code contained in the average human genome. Now they're trying to interpret that code; to work out how it's used to make different types of cells and different people. The ENCODE project, as it's called, is the latest chapter in the story of you. This animation, narrated by Tim Minchin, shows how ENCODE is the culmination of two centuries of learning.

To read the research papers and more, visit nature.com/ENCODE

13 September 2011