These days are memorable in different ways. First there is of course the news that there are only around 30,000 genes in our DNA (see Nature, http://www.nature.com/genomics) responsible for such a complicated being as a human. That apparantly means that there are more interactions and influences needed to explain life, according to many commentaries.
I don’t believe that. I think that it reduces complexity. After all, life is so abundant that the underlying mechanisms could not be that complex. Therefore, less genes means less complexity in the process of unraveling the interactions. I don’t say the unraveling process is simple!
Another memorable event is the soft landing on Eros (http://near.jhuapl.edu/). So ‘low budget’ doesn’t mean that the results are of less value. I think it is a spectacular result. Congratulations to NASA.