MadSci Network: Genetics

Subject: Junk DNA and our evolution

Date: Sun Feb 20 05:18:20 2000
Posted by Sutharsan Satkunarajah
Grade level: 10-12 School: Tiffin School
City: London State/Province: Greater London Country: England
Area of science: Genetics
ID: 951045500.Ge

The function of most of our DNA is unknown ... may be "junk DNA" ... but mutations can still occur in this inter-genic DNA and be inherited. Thus, is it safe to say that 'junk DNA' is present to allow organisms to evolve. OR is it most likely that the DNA does have specific functions, and that we just don't know what they are yet?

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