Eric Lander PhD: " (...) we found a shockingly interesting thing. How many protein-coding genes are there in the genome? Well we know it's about 21,000.
But in fact, the official number in the textbooks was 100,000.
If you would have taken introductory biology about the year 1998, your textbook would have said-- or even the year 2000 or so-- your textbook would have said there were 100,000 genes in the genome.
When the various companies were racing to sequence the human genome, they were just salivating over being able to patent another 80,000 genes. It was really exciting."
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