The number of genes in the human genome, according to the most recent analysis by a group out of MIT/Harvard. This is down from old-school estimates of 150,000 and moderately lower than the numbers hypothesized after the Human Genome Project (35,000). The new analysis uses a way of comparing many species in order to predict what is and isn’t a gene in the human genome, since we don’t know how to ID them in a foolproof manner yet. So there you have it, every cell in your body has ~20,500 tools in its toolbox to make it . .  well, IT and you … well YOU. It’s all in the combinations. 


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