Recorded: 30 May 2003
I suppose the first surprise was the apparently small number of human genes, and the second is that we still are so far from knowing what the true number is. When Ewan Birney talks about his sweepstake tonight he will say there is no winner, because no one can agree on the number of human genes. So Birney is going to say, he tells me, that the bet will remain open for another five years. It will take that much longer, he thinks, to arrive at an exact number of human genes.
Nicholas Wade received a B.A. in natural sciences from King's College in Cambridge (1964). He was deputy editor of (italics) Nature magazine in London and then became that journal's Washington correspondent. He joined (italics) Science magazine in Washington as a reporter and later moved to (italics)The New York Times, where he has been an editorial writer, concentrating his writing on issues of defense, space, science, medicine, technology, genetics, molecular biology, the environment, and public policy, a science reporter, and science editor. He is the author or coauthor of several books including (italics) LIFE SCRIPT: How The Human Genome Discoveries Will Transform Medicine And Enhance Your Health (2002).
Covering the Human Genome Project for the (italics) New York Times since 1990, Wade has interviewed Watson on various occasions and visited Cold Spring Harbor for the annual Genome symposium.