Junk or Not?

In the wake of the publishing of the ENCODE project papers, researchers are discussing just what the investigators meant by reporting that 80 percent of the human genome is functional, and whether or not the idea of 'junk DNA' still stands.

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In Nature this week: association between genome-wide homozygosity and traits like height and cognitive ability, improved CRISPR-Cas9 editing, and more.

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A researcher who pleaded guilty to making false statements in research reports has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison and must pay $7.2 million back to the NIH.

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