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How many genes does a body need?

from Smithsonian

Huumans have about 19,000 genes — more than a chicken, but less than an onion. But which genes are mandatory for human life? Elizabeth Pennisi reports for Science that the number is surprisingly small: A mere 3,230, or around 15 percent of the human genome. The number was reported in a recent study just preprinted by bioRxiv. Researchers aggregated protein-coding region sequence data, or exomes, for 60,706 diverse individuals, then compared the information. more


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