What does a worm want with 20,000 genes?
Genetics Unit, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QU, UK
Genome Biology 2001, 2:comment2008-comment2008.4 doi:10.1186/gb-2001-2-11-comment2008Published: 17 October 2001
The number of genes predicted for the Caenorhabditis elegans genome is remarkably high: approximately 20,000, if both protein-coding and RNA-coding genes are counted. This article discusses possible explanations for such a high value.