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In genetics, "junk DNA" or noncoding DNA describes components of an organism's DNA sequences that do not encode for protein sequences.
A new approach for detecting functional genomic regions

A new approach for detecting functional genomic regions

Breakthrough in understanding the phenomenon of nucleolar dominance

Breakthrough in understanding the phenomenon of nucleolar dominance

Scientists uncover new RNA processing mechanism and a new class of small RNAs

Scientists uncover new RNA processing mechanism and a new class of small RNAs

New gene-silencing pathway found in plants

New gene-silencing pathway found in plants

Scientists show how "junk" DNA may be a major driver for evolution

Scientists show how "junk" DNA may be a major driver for evolution

Evolving complexity out of junk DNA

Evolving complexity out of junk DNA

Beginnings of complex life traced to microRNA

Beginnings of complex life traced to microRNA

RNA-associated introns guide nerve-cell channel production

RNA-associated introns guide nerve-cell channel production

New explanation for how regulatory networks of genes evolved

New explanation for how regulatory networks of genes evolved

piRNAs play an important role in controlling gene function

piRNAs play an important role in controlling gene function

Research shows how stem cells decide to become either skeletal or smooth muscle

Research shows how stem cells decide to become either skeletal or smooth muscle

Simple method to comb genomes

Simple method to comb genomes

New method for sequencing both chromosomes of an organism

New method for sequencing both chromosomes of an organism

Discovery of one important function of junk DNA

Discovery of one important function of junk DNA

Faster, less expensive technique for mutating large, non-gene stretches of DNA

Faster, less expensive technique for mutating large, non-gene stretches of DNA

Junk DNA plays a role in controlling when genes turn on and off

Junk DNA plays a role in controlling when genes turn on and off

Multiple genetic risk factors for prostate cancer found

Multiple genetic risk factors for prostate cancer found

Scientists find surprising way of switching off a gene involved in cell division

Scientists find surprising way of switching off a gene involved in cell division

Scientists shed light on the roll of junk DNA

Scientists shed light on the roll of junk DNA

Researchers develop new tool to find gene control regions

Researchers develop new tool to find gene control regions