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The $3 billion Human Genome Project reports that the human gene count is only about 30,000-about the same as that of a weed or a mouse-not 100,000 as expected. The finding adds to the concerns about the wisdom of genetic manipulation, including inserting genes into food crops and re-engineering animals or humans.


National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, "International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium Publishes Sequence and Analysis of the Human Genome" (Bethesda, MD: 12 February 2001).


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