This Is Why A Flower Has So Much More DNA Than Humans

Less is more.

Everything about you, from the color of your eyes to the protein of your muscle to the ability to use and understand language, is encoded by the DNA found in your cells. Because humans are more complex than the majority of other species on Earth, it would make sense for us to have the most DNA, right? 

But that isn't the case at all.

The full collection of DNA (the genome) in humans contains about 3 billion base pair molecules spread across 23 chromosomes. It seems like a lot of genetic information, especially compared to small bacteria that have only a few hundred thousand.

But, as DNews explains, our genome isn't the longest. The crown doesn't even go to large animals like elephants or whales, either. 

So what species has the most DNA of all?

A small flower.

The flower, Paris japonica, has an astonishing 50 times more DNA than humans.

It doesn't seem to make sense that many plants, including onions, have genomes that dwarf ours.

How can this be?

Check out the video to learn more about why, when it comes to DNA, less can be more: