Thursday, 11 November 2010

When a billion is not a billion

A more erudite colleague has just pointed this fact to me when I mentioned that the human genome has 3 billion base pairs...

In British English, a billion used to be equivalent to a million million (i.e. 1,000,000,000,000), while in American English it has always equated to a thousand million (i.e. 1,000,000,000).

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