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New understanding of "junk" DNA drives new biotech models | MassDevice.com On Call

Thu, 09/06/2012 - 8:29am
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Researchers find that "junk" DNA is anything but, marking a potential turning point in biotech research and product development.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — So called "junk" DNA is anything but, according to a series of 30 connected research papers published in the journals Nature, Genome Biology and Genome Research.

Segments of DNA once disregarded as "junk" code is actually "a massive control panel with millions of switches regulating the activity of our genes," researchers reported.

"Without these switches, genes would not work – and mutations in these regions might lead to human disease," according to a press release.

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