[Protein-analysis] Re: Several questions

Nick Theodorakis via proteins%40net.bio.net (by nick_theodorakis At hotmail.com)
Tue Dec 12 12:32:58 EST 2006


Fragemann wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I have a few questions for people.
>
> 1. What is the current estimate for how many genes does the human
> genome have?
>


It keeps dropping. Recent estimates suggest as few as 25,000 genes:

<http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/faq/genenumber.shtml>


> 2. What is the current estimate for how many base pairs does the human
> genome have?
>

Almost 3 billion base pairs.

<http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/faq/compgen.shtml#genomesize>

This estimate is reasonably accurate and has not changed much in
awhile.

> 3. I was told that the more introns that you have, the greater your
> lifespan. But if all genes are at fixed loci, how can one human have
> more introns than another? It seems to me that loci positions would
> restrict intron length.


I'm afraid I don't follow the reasoning on this one.


Nick


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