Issue Date: May 4, 2009
Divining The Spliceosome
WHEN WE HUMANS got a first glimpse of our genome, we had good reason to question our biological complexity. Many scientists predicted we would possess some 100,000-plus genes, but sequencers finally capped the human genome at 20,000–25,000 genes. The size of the human genome is cause for a little existential malaise, considering that the lowly worm Caenorhabditis elegans also has about 20,000 genes.
To further complicate matters, humanity's paltry gene count doesn't add up to . . .
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