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Junk DNA

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How super is a super-enhancer?

Over the past few years, a fierce debate has raged on amongst geneticists about whether the enticingly named ‘super-enhancer’, a region of the DNA proposed to have essential functions in controlling how a cell works, actually exists. Last month, a study by a team of scientists in Doug Higgs’ lab at the WIMM finally took … Continue reading

DNA origami: how do you fold a genome?

Inside each of the cells in your body is an entire instruction manual containing all the information required to build an entire human being. Yet it isn’t just the words in that manual that are important: you have to read the right chapters, and in the right order. To build one particular part of a … Continue reading

Not all junk DNA is rubbish

The term ‘junk DNA’ [1] is one loved by journalists, and often loathed by scientists. When the full sequence of the human genome was published in 2004 [2], it was found that in actual fact less than 2% of your DNA actually contains instructions to make proteins (the physical building blocks of the human body). … Continue reading

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