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There is a wager between Lewis Wolpert and Rupert Sheldrake on the predictive value of the genome, to be decided on May 1, 2029. The winner gets a case of port. Wolpert, an embryologist at University College, London, says that by that date, researchers will be able to predict all the details and any abnormalities of an organism from the genome of the fertilized egg. Sheldrake, a parapsychologist, says that will not be possible.

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