CARACAS, Wednesday April 01, 2009 | Update
The Human Genome Project gave birth to a draft Book of Life intended to correct defective genes and defeat incurable diseases. Elián González, "the boat child," went back to his country of origin, Cuba, after a court struggle between his granduncles and his father. Chávez was re-legitimated in the first election held after the enactment of the 1999 Constitution. Andrés Galarraga staged a glorious comeback to the Big League; Richard Boulton was kidnapped, and Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori stepped down
The human genome, sort of map, would allow to set a therapy for incurable or hereditary diseases, treat defective genes or recommend specific drugs according to the individual genetic code File Photo: Andrés Mata Foundation / Ron Edmonds
British scientists engaged in the Human Genome Project reported on June 26th that they had succeeded in determining the sequence of up to 97 percent of the human genome, and 85 percent had been accurately defined. It was the first draft of the Book of Life, one of the most salient events in the history of science.
The human genome, sort of map, would allow to set a therapy for incurable or hereditary diseases, treat defective genes or recommend specific drugs according to the individual genetic code. Scientists of 16 laboratories from six countries -United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and China- took part in the research. They found that 99.8 percent out of the 3 billion DNA building blocks contained in the Book of Life are identical for human beings, with the inter-individual variation being as low as 0.2 percent.
The world was astounded to learn of the return to Cuba of boat child Elián González following an international battle. The kid headed for the coast of Florida together with his mother, stepfather, grandparents and some friends, who fled Cuba on a boat. The impromptu vessel capsized and the child was found by a fisherman in Miami coasts. All the passengers died but he miraculously survived. The minor's uncles in Miami applied for his guard. However, the US Immigration Service ruled in favor of the minor's father, who lived in Cuba, and acknowledged his rights over the child.
Andrés Galarraga received a standing ovation at the University Stadium during a pre-season match between Atlanta and Tampa, at the beginning of his glorious comeback to the Big League after battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Hugo Chávez was re-legitimated as President of the Republic in the first election held after the endorsement of the 1999 Constitution.
Attorney General Javier Elechiguerra applied for preliminary proceeding on merits against Ministry of the Interior Luis Miquilena.
Businessman Richard Boulton was taken hostage in a ranch located in central Carabobo state.
Alberto Fujimori quit the Peruvian Presidency in a letter forwarded from Japan.
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