NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Alternative splicing of human genes occurs more frequently than previously documented, a trio of new papers suggest.
“A decade ago, alternative splicing of a gene was considered unusual, exotic,” MIT biologist Christopher Burge, senior author on one of the papers, said in a statement. “But it turns out that’s not true at all — it’s a nearly universal feature of human genes.”
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