Data Set Map of human migrations.

Published on April 3rd, 2014 | by Travis Korte


25 Human Genomes Available for Download

In December 2013, the nonprofit Simons Foundation launched its Genome Diversity Project with 25 human genome sequences from 13 diverse populations around the world. The genomes include Sudanese, Han, Papuan, Australian, and French individuals, among others. The data was released in conjunction with a Nature paper that reported the first complete genome sequence of a Neanderthal.

The foundation, which sponsors research in basic science and mathematics, offers the data for download as a pilot initiative for the project, which will eventually contain 250 genomes from 125 diverse populations. Simons Foundation officials hope the data will be useful to scientists studying human genetic variation, such as evolutionary biologists and historians of human migration.

Get the data.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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