Less “junk” in the trunk than originally thought

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I highly recommend this article to anyone interested in the sciences, it is too complex to summarize without going into the background of DNA research.  But if you ever had an intro bio course you can follow the article.  New research is basically flipping what scientists thought about DNA and transcription on its head.  The two major differences between the initial 2001 genome discoveries and the newer genome are:

  • “Junk DNA” is actually involved in disease states and protein encoding and the gene encoding regions were only the tip of the iceberg
  • RNA may be the most important molecule to study in the future, it plays a much bigger role than simple transcription/translation

Check it out:

http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20070908/bob9.asp

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