Scientists Unravel The Mystery of Genes That Are Key To Brain Development
[Source: Science Daily]
Scientists are starting to understand the precise workings of a type of gene that, unlike other genes, does not code for proteins — the building blocks of life.
New research led by the University of Bath shows the mechanism by which genes coding for a subset of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) interact with neighboring genes to regulate the development and function of essential nerve cells.
Despite their prevalence on genes coding for lncRNA in the genome (estimates range from 18,000-60,000 lncRNA genes in the human genome compared to 20,000 protein-coding genes), these segments of DNA were once written-off as junk
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