Huge Human Gene Study Includes Penn State University Research (image) Penn State Share Print E-Mail Caption The first integrated understanding of how the human genome functions will be published this week -- the triumphant result of a collaborative five-year project called ENCODE, involving more than 440 researchers working in 32 labs worldwide. Penn State University's contribution to the ENCODE project involves using the new ENCODE data to help explain how genetic variants that do not affect the structure of encoded proteins could affect a person's susceptibility to disease. The research findings are a significant advance in understanding the precise and complex controls over the expression of genetic information within a cell. Credit National Institutes of Health Usage Restrictions The image credit must be published along with the image. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.