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The human genome is riddled with dead genes, fossils of a sort, dating back hundreds of thousands of years — the genome’s equivalent of an attic full of broken and useless junk.
Some of those genes, surprised geneticists reported Thursday, can rise from the dead like zombies, waking up to cause one of the most common forms of muscular dystrophy. This is the first time, geneticists say, that they have seen a dead gene come back to life and cause a disease.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
I do not think that DNA is junk.
Despite the fact we have no idea what it's purpose is, does not mean it does not have a useful purpose.
Rather than calling it junk dna, we should call it recessive perhaps??
I like that word a bit better. Recessive.
Originally posted by rogerstigers
I don't, but only for the reason that it is already used by geneticists for something else. I prefer the term "archived".
Originally posted by muzzleflash You win!
Nice one Roger