Junk DNA

Junk DNA

A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome

eBook - 2015
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For decades after identifying the structure of DNA, scientists focused only on genes, the regions of the genome that contain codes for the production of proteins. Other regions that make up 98% of the human genome were dismissed as “junk," sequences that serve no purpose. Yet recently researchers have discovered variations and modulations in this junk DNA that underwrite a number of intractable diseases. This knowledge has led to innovative research and treatment approaches that may finally control these conditions. Junk DNA can play vital and unanticipated roles in the control of gene expression, from fine-tuning individual genes to switching off entire chromosomes. Its function has forced scientists to revisit the very meaning of the word “gene" and has engendered a bitter battle over whether or not this genomic “nonsense" is the source of human biological complexity. Drawing on her experience with leading investigators in Europe and North America, Nessa Carey provides a clear and compelling introduction to junk DNA and its critical involvement in phenomena as diverse as genetic diseases, viral infections, sex determination in mammals, disease treatments, and evolution. We are only now unlocking the secrets of junk DNA, and Carey's book is an indispensable resource for navigating the codes and controversies of this fast-growing and hotly disputed field.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780231539418
Branch Call Number: Electronic book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (235 pages)
Additional Contributors: ProQuest (Firm)


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Apr 22, 2018

Not recommended for newbies given dense subject on genetics.
it does have pictures & graphs for people who willing to slog through cutting edge book.
Book does explained certain genetic diseases from "Junk DNA" via expressions to why two different sperms or eggs will not produce embryo from basic scientific experiment.

Apr 30, 2017

A super concentrated summary of a fascinating and until very recently ignored area of research. This will challenge your powers of concentration, and leave you wondering how any of us ever survived the multitude of potentially debilitating or even lethal genetic errors to which our ubelievably complex genomes are prone.


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