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25000 genes

Andrew wrote:Also, during his presentation, Ben made a statement 
regarding the estimate of how many genes were in Hosta and 
possibly how many base pairs.  I wonder if anyone has tested this 
hypothesis further (got your ears on,Ben?) or could provide 
additional information on this.""
I determine the amount of DNA in pg (= 10 to the minus 12 gram) 
1pg is 10 to the 9 basepairs so it is easy to calculate how many 
basepairs there are in a hosta with say 20 pg of DNA The number 
of genes in hosta is probably not much different from any other 
plant The number of genes in Arabidopsis has been determined at 
25000 So my guess for Hosta was pretty close!

Ben J.M.Zonneveld
Clusius lab pobox 9505
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
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