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"80% Functional" Includes Junk DNA After All

CTachyon (412849) writes | about a year and a half ago

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CTachyon writes "Last week the ENCODE project published a suite of papers, which were announced to the press with a claim that 80% of the human genome is "functional". But according to Ars Technica's science editor John Timmer, himself a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology, most of what you read was wrong: in their papers, the ENCODE team redefined the word "functional" so that known junk DNA (such as dormant viruses and broken pseudogenes) would meet the definition; and what's more, Timmer accuses individual ENCODE scientists of fostering confusion, rather than clearly explaining the semantic bait-and-switch."

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