The rest of your DNA

Surprise: Scientists find most of human DNA molecule carries out important functions

By Stephen Ornes, 13:48 PM September 25, 2012




The tiniest, most complicated set of instructions just got a little easier to read, thanks to a giant scientific project called ENCODE, which recruited more than 400 scientists from all over the world.


Those instructions reside in a long molecule called DNA. And one copy of this DNA resides within almost every cell, telling it how to operate.


Without DNA, life would be impossible. Trees have DNA; so do animals, mushrooms, bacteria, and people. Previous studies of human DNA determined the fu...

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