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Gene Scientists bet on size of Human Genome

from the is-that-what-they-mean-by-a-gene-pool? dept.
A New York Times article (forwarded by Robin Hanson) describes a betting pool among geneticists on the number of genes of the human genome. The mean of the 228 bets so far cast is 62,598 genes, with a high of 200,000 and a low of 27,462. By comparison, 19,099 genes are apparently required to run the C. elegans roundworm and 13,601 genes for the Drosophila fruit fly, the only two animals whose full genomes have so far been decoded.

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