Friday, March 23, 2012
A Treasure Trove of Thousands of Novel Genes Has Been Discovered, Much Closer Than You Could Have Imagined
You’ve heard about those novel genes—unique DNA sequences that code for proteins found in only one species. Now an abundance of these have been found not in our body, but on our body. That is, in the hundreds of different microbe species that attend to the average human. In fact, not only does this Human Microbiome supply thousands of new, unique genes, it also supplies ten times more cells than our own bodies have.