Decoding the Minimal Genome

26 July 2019
Presented by Heather Jameson.

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Your genome contains all of your genetic information, and it's pretty long - the Human Genome Project estimated that humans have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes. But according to synthetic biology, you can survive on only 473! At least a very simple bacterium can. Of this “minimal genome”, scientists previously didn’t know what nearly a third actually did. But now a team at the University of Kent have published a study in Nature Communications saying they may have cracked 66 of the mystery genes. Heather Jameson spoke to author Mark Wass...

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