Saturday, August 20, 2005

Get a life?

Scientists have discovered an organism with the smallest known genome - which has only 1,354 bases. Humans have 30,000. Some plants are known to have as many as 2 billion.

We have been trying for years with effort, intelligence, experimentation and money to define and understand life. Apparently all it takes - for this particular organism - is about 400 bytes of data.