Good on ya, New Scientist!

From their recent special Unknown genome: What we still don’t know about our DNA, New Scientist gets it right with the following blurb:

MYTH: JUNK DNA ISN’T JUNK AFTER ALL

Once the vast majority of our DNA was dismissed as junk, but now we know it is important – or so you might have read recently. In fact, it still appears likely that 85 to 95 per cent of our DNA is indeed useless. While many bits of DNA that do not code for proteins are turning out to have some function or other, this was predicted by some all along, and the overall proportion of our DNA with a proven function remains tiny.

It’s especially nice that they cited this blog!


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