Protein Synthesis, Drawing, Amino Acid Recombined, Will Build A Protein, Peptide Chain. (BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)

In a comical twist of fate, it turns out that The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was telling the truth: the answer is 42.

Life scientists have confirmed that Douglas Adam’s postulate that 42 is the “answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything” really is 42; 42 million, that is. That turns out to be the number of proteins present inside of an ordinary cell, the basic building block of life on this planet.

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