Dr. Jay on incomplete transcription.

If you don’t read the posts by John Timmer (“Dr. Jay”) on Nobel Intent, you should. He has posted some good summaries about the ENCODE project, the anemone genome, and today presents a very interesting discussion of incomplete transcription of inactive genes based on a paper in Cell. (Basically, even inactive genes may experience transcription initiation although this is not followed through to generate full transcripts). If you’re interested in accurate and accessible summaries of newly published findings, and especially if you want some realistic discussion of the significance of new genomics research, this is a good place to start.