NEW YORK, July 11 – Researchers at the Joint Genome Institute have determined that the human genome contains about 30,000 genes, a finding that supports previously published estimates and could help settle a longstanding debate among genomic scientists.

Based on a comparison of human chromosome 19 with similar sections of mouse DNA, the JGI researchers estimated that the human genome contains far fewer genes than some academic and corporate researchers had previously thought.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

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In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.