2017/07/17

We have fewer protein-coding genes than an earthworm

Genes don't make us who we are

Humans have fewer protein-coding genes (~19,600) than an earthworm (~20,470). This means that the genes we thought made us who we are, don't.

Genes are no controllers. Genes are not your destiny.

For building over one million different human proteins, our cells need epigenetic information layers that regulate a mechanism called alternative splicing. Thousands of different protein isoforms can be built based on a 'gene' (a dna section or several sections that are chosen by the RNA) without changing its sequence. The entire concept of a 'gene' should be redifined.

Life is not driven by gene sequences. Genes are driven by lifestyle.
 

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