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VIB researchers linked to K.U.Leuven and Harvard University show that stretches of DNA previously believed to be useless 'junk' DNA play a vital role in the evolution of our genome.
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.
Gene therapy is the introduction of genetic material into a patient's cells resulting in a cure or a therapeutic effect.
An international consortium of scientists, including researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ), have probed further into the human genome than ever before.
In the late 1990s the Finnish Yorkshire pig population was threatened by a genetic defect which spread at an alarming rate and led to infertility.
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in TÃ¼bingen, Germany, determined the structure of a protein (L1ORF1p), which is encoded by a parasitic genetic element and which is responsible for its mobility.
Plant researchers from McGill University and the University of California, Berkeley, have announced a major breakthrough in a developmental process called epigenetics.
Hereditary information flows from parents to offspring not just through DNA but also through the millions of proteins and other molecules that cling to it.
In a paper published in Genome Research on Nov. 4, scientists at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) report that what was previously believed to be "junk" DNA is one of the important ingredients distinguishing humans from other species.
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