Multiple Genomes

Rather than having one genome, people likely are made up of a number of different genomes, writes Carl Zimmer at the New York Times. This, he adds, may have medical implications.

“There have been whispers in the matrix about this for years, even decades, but only in a very hypothetical sense,” Alexander Urban, a geneticist at Stanford University, tells Zimmer. Urban adds that recent work has brought this idea out of the realm of the hypothetical.

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