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Junk Dna

Mouse Study Suggests Surprising Role For 'Junk' DNA

LiveScience | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 10.28.2013 | Science

Face shape is largely determined by genetics, yet no two faces are entirely alike. How do genes bring about faces with subtle differences while avoid...

The Future of Genetic Privacy

Dov Fox | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Dov Fox

That our DNA could serve as an eyewitness has powerful implications, beyond individual privacy, for the pervasive role of race in the investigation of crime.

Has 'Junk DNA' Mystery Finally Been Solved?

Posted 05.13.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 05/12/2013 02:25 PM EDT on LiveScience One person's trash may be another person's treasure, but...

From Junk DNA to Junk Economics to BRAIN Science: Beware the Sovietization of Big Science

Bill Frezza | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

This is a good time to examine President Obama's recent attempt to bring more of American science under centralized direction and control.

Why the 'Gene' Concept Holds Back Evolutionary Thinking

James A. Shapiro | Posted 01.30.2013 | Science
James A. Shapiro

DNA and molecular genetics have brought us to a fundamentally new conceptual understanding of genomes, how they are organized and how they function.

Junk DNA, Junky PR

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.21.2012 | Science
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The ENCODE Project results don't alter the current view of the genome; they just provide a basis for further investigation. Additionally, the findings were embargoed for years to enable the PR blitz -- at minimum unseemly when public funds are involved.

A Genome-Sized Media Failure

Michael White | Posted 11.13.2012 | Science
Michael White

The genome sciences consortium ENCODE was a fantastic opportunity for scientists and science journalists to explain exciting research findings in genome biology that are changing how we think about health, disease and evolution. But we blew it, in a big way.

Bob Dylan, ENCODE and Evolutionary Theory: The Times They Are A-Changin'

James A. Shapiro | Posted 11.12.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

The old idea of the genome as a string of genes interspersed with unimportant noncoding DNA is no longer tenable.

Intelligent Design: Struggling with Junk DNA

John Farrell | Posted 11.23.2011 | Books
John Farrell

It's simply bizarre to read an author who rejects one of the bedrock principles of Darwin's theory -- common ancestry, but is happy to cite evidence for common ancestry when convenient to his argument.