Don't Miss: Tiny Genome Science correspondent Joe Palca has a fascinating little story on All Things Considered tonight. Joe reports on how many genes it takes to make a bacterium called Carsonella. There's nothing special about this particular bacterium. But the research into the bacterium sheds light on how few genes are needed to make an independent life form. In this case, it's just 182.
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Science correspondent Joe Palca has a fascinating little story on All Things Considered tonight.

Joe reports on how many genes it takes to make a bacterium called Carsonella. There's nothing special about this particular bacterium. But the research into the bacterium sheds light on how few genes are needed to make an independent life form. In this case, it's just 182.