What is the function of "junk" DNA?

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Offline Hadrian

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What is the function of "junk" DNA?
« on: 27/04/2006 19:45:40 »
'Junk DNA', portions of your genome which appear to have no specific purpose, may not be useless after all.

A team of scientists has identified patterns in both the junk areas of the genome and those which coded for proteins. Could these parts of the genome have a function after all?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4940654.stm
« Last Edit: 22/06/2008 15:09:15 by chris »

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What is the function of "junk" DNA?
« Reply #1 on: 28/07/2008 13:50:10 »
In molecular biology, junk DNA is a provisional label for the portions of the DNA sequence of a chromosome or a genome for which no function has been identified. These parts of the genomemay have a function but at the present time it is unknown.