In June 2006 it was announced that the first working draft of the full human DNA sequence had been released by the Human Genome Project. In the years following researchers all over the world have used this resource to gain insight into a number of fields while reducing the need for animal testing. By studying the underlying genetic mechanism(s) in humans directly for hundreds of areas of research, scientists have been able to better understand the coding of various genes without having to resort to studying them in animals and making incomplete inferences.

For more information visit the Human Genome Project’s webpage.