Only a small percentage of the mouse genome codes for proteins, and researchers don't have a thorough understanding of the function of much of the rest of it. To elucidate that portion, researchers at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California, San Diego, published a study in Nature in July, in which they mapped 11 percent of the mouse functional genome, identifying more than 70 percent of conserved non-coding sequences as well as nearly 300,000 cis-regulatory elements in 19 different tissue and cell types.

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