There are around 100 trillion cells in the human body, each one containing three billion base pairs of DNA. If stretched in a line, they would cover the distance from Earth to the Moon more than 8,000 times. The point, according to Beijing Genomics CEO Ye Yin, is that there’s a huge amount of information locked in each of us – and decoding it all could unlock big secrets.
BGI Genomics is one of the world’s leading genomics companies. Among its successes are decoding the Sars virus and creating the first detection kit; sequencing the first ancient human’s genome; and serving as a key sequencing centre in the 1000 Genomes Project.