Sunday, September 16, 2012

Junk DNA ?

DNA was discovered about 60 years ago by Francis Crick and James Watson.

But, not much was known about the details of DNA until in the 1990s when the Human Genome project began to map DNA and discovered many of the details and specific functions for its various components.

Some parts of DNA, however, seemed to have no purpose or function, or so the scientists thought.

So those seemingly 'purposeless' components were called "Junk DNA".

But, guess what?

"junk DNA" is not "junk" after all.

More and more of these so called "junk" components are now being shown to have very important specific and essential functions.

We have referenced this topic previously on DIT. So if you want more information after reading today's DIT,  you can find the previous posts by typing "Junk DNA" into the little search box at the top left hand side of this page. 

But, back to today's DIT.

There is a short article about DNA with new and very interesting information that will provide reasons why "junk DNA" is not junk at all.

It will even detail what some of this DNA actually does.