Human Genome Project - DNA - Encode Project
The scientific community is rethinking its decade-old belief that most DNA is "Junk," after an international consortium that included a BYU professor and one of his undergraduate students found at least 80 percent plays a role with genes. Ref. Source 1
Mapping the 'dark matter' of human DNA
Although our knowledge of the human DNA is extensive, it is nowhere near complete. For instance, our knowledge of exactly which changes in our DNA are responsible for a certain disease is often insufficient. This is related to the fact that no two people have exactly the same DNA. Even the DNA molecules of identical twins have differences, which occur during their development and ageing. Some differences ensure that not everybody looks exactly alike, while others determine our susceptibility to particular diseases. Knowledge about the DNA variants can therefore tell us a lot about potential health risks and is a first step towards personalized medicine. Many small variants in the human genome -- the whole of genetic information in the cell -- have already been documented. Although it is known that larger structural variants play an important role in many hereditary diseases, these variants are also more difficult to detect and are, therefore, much less investigated. Ref. Source 3u.
There will be a push for everyone to have their blood drawn and tested for this project. Be wary, for their generosity will come at a price when they patent your DNA in order to force you to purchase access to healthcare.
Its amazing what scientists can do with DNA and its also scary how they can manipulate it. I fear once they know all things about it they will start experimenting too much.
New limits to functional portion of human genome reported. New calculations by an evolutionary biologist suggest that no more than 25 percent of the human genome is functional. That is in stark contrast to suggestions by scientists with the ENCODE project that as much as 80 percent of the genome is functional. Source 7z.