The latest Mini-Annals of Improbable Research challenges biologists to take on mathematicians by memorizing the human genome — if mathematicians can memorize pi to 67,890 digits, certainly biologists can remember some base pairs. "This wonderfully pointless exercise — reciting the human base pairs, from memory — can delight persons of a certain personality type. Acclaim is something they count on," it says.

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