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Carnivorous Plant Throws Out "Junk" DNA


May 13, 2013

micrograph of the bladder of Utricularia gibba The newly sequenced genome of the carnivorous bladderwort plant provides surprising insight into noncoding "junk" DNA, a mysterious genetic material that makes up about 98 percent of the human genome and much of the genomes of other species. The bladderwort genome has almost no junk: 97 percent consists of genes and small control regions, showing that vast quantities of noncoding "junk" DNA are not needed for complex life to exist. Full Story

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