Rice genome vs human’s

in general

In the documentary which I posted recently, it was mentioned that the full genetic sequence of some plants (genome) is larger than humans.  For instance rice genome has 45-55K genes[1], in contrast to human genome which has about 21K genes[2].

Does this show that rice is more complex, more evolved, or superior than humanity, or it is an indication that complexity or superiority has no direct relation to the size of the genome?


  1. J. Yu, S. Hu, et al., “A Draft Sequence of the Rice Genome (Oryza sativa L. ssp. indica),” Science, vol. 296, no. 5565, pp. 79–92, Apr. 2002. 

  2. “About the Human Genome Project.” [Online]. Available: http://web.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/project/info.shtml. [Accessed: 23-Aug-2014]. 

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