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Carnivorous Plant Throws Out "Junk" DNA
May 13, 2013
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.
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