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Important role for junk DNA-Princeton U

Postby wolfhnd on May 20th, 2009, 8:57 pm 

Research team finds important role for junk DNA


by Kitta MacPherson
Oxytricha

Princeton scientists are probing the genetics of the pond organism Oxytricha, shown here in the process of reproducing. (Photo: Robert Hammersmith)

Scientists have called it "junk DNA." They have long been perplexed by these extensive strands of genetic material that dominate the genome but seem to lack specific functions. Why would nature force the genome to carry so much excess baggage?

http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/arch ... /28/32C04/
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