Our Friend the Atom, er, ENCODE.

Nature (2012):

Disney (1957):

AT&T (1948):

Sherwin-Williams (1946):

Plus ça change…


ENCODE and fighting about junk.

I recommend this post by Brendan Maher on Nature News about the ENCODE blowback.

Fighting about ENCODE and junk

Some comments:

1) It’s pretty clear that the evidence suggests actual biological function (in any reasonable meaning of that term) for 20%, and even that is an extrapolation. 80% is the figure only if your […]


Have you heard?


The ENCODE media hype machine.

Well, the major news outlets seem to have bought into the claims that a) most people thought that all non-coding DNA is non-functional, and b) we now have evidence that most of it is functional. (Neither is true, by the way).

New York Times (USA) — Bits of Mystery DNA, Far From ‘Junk,’ Play […]


Michael Eisen’s take on ENCODE — there’s no junk?

Michael Eisen has also weighed in on the ENCODE media blitz, but it’s interesting that he criticizes the hype for a very different reason:

The issues all stem, ultimately, from the press releases issued by the ENCODE team, one of which begins:

The hundreds of researchers working on the ENCODE project have revealed that […]


A slightly different response to today’s ENCODE hype.

If you read many of the media reports that came out today, the ENCODE project has demonstrated that 80% of the DNA in our genome has a biological function. This runs counter to traditional views of the genome, the story goes, because most of the genome had been dismissed as useless junk. I have […]


Why I don’t write papers about chemistry.

Because I might end up with something as silly as when chemists write about evolutionary biology.

Could ‘Advanced’ Dinosaurs Rule Other Planets?

New scientific research raises the possibility that advanced versions of T. rex and other dinosaurs — monstrous creatures with the intelligence and cunning of humans — may be the life forms […]


Game Changer for Evolutionary Theory?

Hold on to your hats folks, another major shake-up of evolutionary theory!

A new hypothesis posed by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, associate professor and colleagues could be a game changer in the evolution arena. The hypothesis suggests some species are surviving by discarding genes and depending on other species to play their hand.

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Eddie-Baby does it again.

If you’d like to see what a very good story about non-coding DNA with an intriguing function looks like, head on over to Not Exactly Rocket Science and see Ed “Eddie-Baby” Yong’s* piece called “Under three layers of junk, the secret to a fatal brain disease“.

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A seriously cranky press release.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I often feel frustrated by press releases that are overhyped, misleading, and/or laden with buzzwords and cliches. Today I received by email the most over the top press release I have ever seen. It’s the sort of thing one might expect to […]