The human genome is some 3.2 billion bases large, writes Carl Zimmer in the New York Times Magazine, and is dwarfed by the onion genome as well as broad-footed salamander, the African lungfish, and more. But, Zimmer adds, these organisms don't seem to be any more complex than people are. So, he asks, what is all that DNA doing?

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Futurism writes that gene doping could be the next generation of cheating in sports.

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