Researchers Predict Infinite Genomes

Posted by Chris Parker
Sep 23 2005

Rockville, MD — Ever since the genomics revolution took off, scientists have been busily deciphering vast numbers of genomes. Cataloging. Analyzing. Comparing. Public databases hold 239 complete bacterial genomes alone.

Photo: Bacillus anthracis. (Image courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

But scientists at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) have come to a startling conclusion.

Armed with the powerful tools of comparative genomics and mathematics, TIGR scientists have concluded that researchers might never fully describe some bacteria and viruses–because their genomes are infinite.

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