January 15, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 2)
Strong Points: Good organization, detailed browser tutorial
Weak Points: None
It’s not uncommon to talk about the sequencing of “the human genome” (or the “your-favorite-animal genome,” for that matter); however, we of course know that there is no singular genome for any species. Thus, while one genome is good, many are better. It’s still quite expensive to perform deep sequencing of whole human genomes, but that didn’t stop the people behind the 1000 Genomes Project from collecting a great deal of genomic information (and in doing so, cataloguing a large degree of human genetic variation). The nicely organized 1000 Genomes Project website provides site visitors with general information about the project, project announcements, and a detailed tutorial on how to access and use the 1000 Genomes Browser. As there are enough data here to keep even the most ardent genetics junkies busy, be prepared to spend some time immersing yourself in the mysteries of human genetic variation.