Allow Me To Blow Your Mind

Sit back comfortably, I’m about to blow your mind.

A diploid genome inhabits every cell in the human body. This genome consists of roughly 6 billion DNA base pairs. Liken DNA pairs to balls of string wrapped around proteins in the cell. Unravel the string it stretches out to a couple meters. A human body has 37 trillion cells (that’s 37,000,000,000,000 give or take a few). Lining up all DNA in a human body would stretch 74 trillion meters, or 74 billion kilometers – roughly 6 round trips to once a planet Pluto. That’s a mighty long strand of humanity.

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4 thoughts on “Allow Me To Blow Your Mind

  1. DNA is perhaps the most intriguing reality that I know of. It is made of simple configurations of atoms whose sequence define every part of us. But also of our history and ultimately, the origin of life. And now it turns out that my DNA can create an Ariadne’s thread that allows me to travel to Pluto and still find my way back. Thanks Notes!

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