Here and there in the blogosphere, people have begun defending ENCODE against criticism by noting that there is a lot more to the project than just the claim that 80% of the genome is functional. That’s just the media, they say, whereas that was only a small part of the actual study.
Ewan Birney has a new post up on his blog about reaction to the ENCODE publications and the associated media extravaganza last week. Unfortunately, it adds very little of substance to the discussion and most of the main criticisms are dodged again. But, the one redeeming feature of the post is the following comment [...]
The coining of the term “junk DNA” is credited to Susumu Ohno, who used it in two conference presentations that were later published as Ohno (1972) and Ohno (1973). However, Ohno only used the term once per paper — in the titles. The first detailed discussion of “junk DNA” was by Comings (1972), and [...]
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 [...]