The Genes Went Poof

On his blog The Loom, Carl Zimmer discusses how people lost 8,000 genes during the past six years. At the unveiling of the human genome draft in 2001, it contained some 26,000 genes. But thanks to more analysis, many of those original genes have turned to be pseudogenes or parts of another gene.

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