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With genomics and genome-scanning taking off, Evolgen delves again into what the definition of a gene is, though he thinks the term is "obsolete" and "overly generic." Drawing on Carl Zimmer's recent article in the New York Times which includes gene definitions from Ewan Birney, Thomas Gingeras, and David Haussler, Evolgen says he agrees the most with Birney and

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