December 1, 2012

Origin of Speciation: Is LincRNA the Missing Link?

The Economist, The Economist


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THE old saying that where there’s muck, there’s brass has never proved more true than in genetics. Once, and not so long ago, received wisdom was that most of the human genome—perhaps as much as 99% of it—was “junk”. If this junk had a role, it was just to space out the remaining 1%, the genes in which instructions about how to make proteins are encoded, in a useful way in the cell nucleus.

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TAGGED: Speciation, Long Non-coding RNA, RNA