Gene Estimate Increased
Researchers have recently revised the estimated number of genes in each human cell to be 140,000, reports The New York Times. Past estimates ranged from 50,000 to 100,000 human genes. This means that the human organism is considerably more complex than previously thought. Genes instruct the body’s cells to put amino acids in the right sequence in order to build proteins. The sharp upward revision “points up how much there is still to learn about human genetic programming,” says the paper.