Mistakes in ‘junk DNA’ linked to cancer

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“Junk DNA” makes up about 98 percent of the human genome, an enormous accumulation of repetitive sequences that is not believed to include any genes that encode proteins for specific functions.

Its purpose, if any, is still poorly understood, but researchers at the University of Nottingham in England have found that at least one genetic malfunction in a sequence considered junk DNA has a dire and specific effect: promoting cancer growth.

Read the full story here: ‘Junk DNA’ Genetic Malfunction Promotes Cancerous Tumor Growth

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