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Life: How well do we know ourselves?

by PhilipJ on 11 September 2007

Since we’re into life today, I thought I’d show you one of my favourite parts of the J. Craig Venter genome (very neat interactive map hosted by PLoS, and much easier to look through than the 88 megabyte PDF of the same thing — you’ve been warned!). Near the bottom of the poster, you’ll find this:

Over 74% of Venter’s 50 odd-thousand isoforms have unknown molecular function. What a humbling reminder of how little we know about the form of life we are most familiar with: ourselves.



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