Scientists had previously assumed only 23,000, or ~2%, of our approximately 3 Billion genes are functional at all,
Because of their active involvement in protein synthesis.
-Which drew the appropriate snort of derision from one Dr. Charles Xavier.
Well the ENCODE project just blew that number right out of the water.
It’s looking more like 80% of the genome is involved in one way or another, especially in a supervisory role. Some of the genes may not be coding proteins themselves directly, but…Read More >