Victoria Agostinho

Victoria Agostinho

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Not junk at all...  ENCODE confirms more recent theories that the bulk of 'junk' DNA is actually littered with switches that determine how the genes work and act as a massive control panel. "Our genome is simply alive with switches: millions of places that determine whether a gene is switched on or off," says lead analysis coordinator Ewan Birney of the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute.

Not junk at all... ENCODE confirms more recent theories that the bulk of 'junk' DNA is actually littered with switches that determine how the genes work and act as a massive control panel. "Our genome is simply alive with switches: millions of places that determine whether a gene is switched on or off," says lead analysis coordinator Ewan Birney of the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute.