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Confusion and Criticism over ENCODE's Claims

As_I_Please (471684) writes | about 2 years ago

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As_I_Please (471684) writes "In response to the previous report of the ENCODE project discovering "biochemical functions for 80 percent of the genome," many scientists have questioned what was meant by "function." Ars Technica Science Editor John Timmer wrote an article calling ENCODE's definition of functionality "broad to the point of being meaningless. At worst, it was actively misleading." Nature magazine also has a followup discussing the ambiguity surrounding the 80% figure and claims about junk DNA."
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I hope this will get posted (1)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 2 years ago | (#41310387)

The ENCODE claim and its critics are too important not to be posted on Slashdot.

Like the link to Nature - http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/09/fighting-about-encode-and-junk.html [nature.com] - someone says that the 80% "junk" consists of repetition of more repetitions, including, and get this - "remnants of past viruses" !!

Yep, somehow our ancestors have managed to include past viruses into the genes that we are using today

Wow !

I learn new stuffs everyday

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