7 Crazy Things You Didn't Know About DNA

1. There is enough DNA in an average person’s body to stretch 10 billion miles. That's approximately the distance from the Earth to Pluto and back!

2. Tomatoes have more genes than humans! 31,760 versus around 24,000 — clear winner.

3. The DNA code that once made the human penis spiny was lost around 700,000 years ago.

4. Humans and cabbage share about 40-50% common DNA.


5. Around 8% of human DNA is actually made of ancient viruses.


6. DNA has a half-life of 521 years. This means that the oldest clone-able organism cannot be older than 2 million years old. Sorry, dinosaurs.

7. The center of the Milky Way contains molecular precursors of DNA. Makes sense, since meteors were responsible for bringing the phosphate components needed to create RNA and DNA to Earth. 

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