Science news articles about 'Junk DNA'

  • Yale researchers find 'junk DNA' may have triggered

    ... , but by changes in areas of the genome once thought of as "junk DNA." Those changes activated genes in primordial ... that non-coding regions of the genome, far from being junk, contain thousands of regulatory elements that act ...
  • Study finds value in 'junk' DNA

    ... years, scientists have known that certain "junk" DNA -- repetitive DNA segments previously thought ... has found evidence that a significant number of exons created from junk DNA seem to play a role in gene ...
  • 'Junk' DNA May Have Important Role In Gene Regulation

    ... years, scientists have known that certain "junk" DNA -- repetitive DNA segments previously thought ... , there is evidence that a significant number of exons created from junk DNA seem to play a role in gene ...
  • 'Junk' DNA proves functional

    ... (GIS) report that what was previously believed to be "junk" DNA is one of the important ingredients distinguishing humans ... for evolution. This research also shows that these repeats are anything but "junk DNA," since they provide a great source ...
  • Junk DNA? Anything But

    ... someone make a speculation and call it a 'theory'?   Cars supposedly 'evolve' if their advertising is true.    And 'junk DNA' means 'useless' if you ask ...
  • Research team finds important role for junk DNA

    Scientists have called it "junk DNA." They have long been perplexed by these extensive strands of genetic material that dominate ... and Indiana University who have been studying the genome of a pond organism have found that junk DNA may not be so junky after all. They have discovered ...
  • Saved by junk DNA

    ... role in the evolution of our genome. They found that unstable pieces of junk DNA help tuning gene activity ... will be published in the reputed scientific Journal Science. Junk DNA 'Most people do not realize that all our genes ...
  • 'Junk' DNA Proves To Be Highly Valuable

    What was once thought of as DNA with zero value in plants--dubbed "junk" DNA--may turn out to be key in helping scientists improve the control of gene expression in transgenic crops.
  • Junk DNA may prove invaluable in quest for gene therapies

    ... that, for example, can fight hereditary diseases or cancer. Junk DNA, which accounts for almost half of the human ... purpose. However, it is now emerging that movement of junk DNA, in a cut-and-paste mechanism, can lead ...
  • Does Junk DNA Protect Against Mutation?

    ... hear with regard to possible non-coding DNA function is that it serves to protect genes against mutation. Junk DNA, according to this proposal, is there to provide a defensive shield ...
  • 'Junk DNA' could spotlight breast and bowel cancer

    ... LINE-1 (L1). Despite being labelled as 'junk DNA' it is clear that some of these sequences have important roles ... a role in cancer progression. Dr Tufarelli said: "If this 'junk DNA' does turn out to play a role ...
  • 'Junk DNA' drives cancer growth

    ... in Nature Medicine.* The researchers uncovered the process by which this 'junk DNA' is made active, promoting cancer ... 'hijacked' this receptor for their own purposes by activating some of the 'junk DNA'. In fact the lymphoma cells activated ...
  • Redundant genetic instructions in 'junk DNA' support healthy development

    ... , add to the growing body of evidence that so-called "junk DNA" is anything but rubbish. The term ... and Evolutionary Biology, scientists increasingly believe "junk DNA" is crucial for turning the information encoded ...
  • Key information about breast cancer risk and development is found in 'junk' DNA

    ... for developing breast cancer can be found in an individual's "junk" (non-coding) DNA, according to a new study featuring ... cancer susceptibility and possibly other types of cancer. We think this is just the beginning of what there is to be found in our junk DNA ...
  • 'Junk DNA' defines differences between humans and chimps

    ... of retroviral-like transposable element sequences," said McDonald. "Transposable elements were once considered 'junk DNA' with little or no function. Now ...

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