'Junk' DNA mystery solved: It's not needed

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 00:00 in Biology & Nature

One person's trash may be another person's treasure, but sometimes, trash is just trash.So-called junk DNA, the vast majority of the genome that doesn't code for proteins, really isn't needed for a healthy organism, according to new research."At least for a plant, junk DNA really is just junk — it's not required," said study co-author Victor Albert, a molecular evolutionary biologist at the Univer...    

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