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June 27 2013

'Don't touch my junk DNA!' says gene signal sequence


Scientists at MIT say they have discovered a mechanism that prevents noncoding DNA from being copied, by pointing the copying in the right direction.

Almost all of the human genome is made of noncoding, or "junk" DNA, that is, DNA that usually doesn't get copied and encoded into proteins.

So when copying DNA, how do cells tell the diference between actual genes and non-coding DNA?.

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