Contrary to the belief that a large percentage of the human genome contains “junk” material, a team of Australian scientists report they have discovered an unexpectedly high proportion of functional elements that have been conserved through evolution.
Dr. Martin Smith and Professor John Mattick of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney compared the human genome to the genomes of 34 other mammals, including bats, mice, pigs, cows and dolphins. They discovered there is actually much more functional material stored at the level of RNA structure than previously thought– perhaps as much as 30 percent. Their findings have been detailed in the open-access journal Nucleic Acids Research.
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