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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

….Discoveries So Far.

"Unraveling the mystery of Dark DNA gives unique insight into unanswered questions about animals and change our current understanding of evolution.

The name likens it to dark matter, which is said to comprise 25% of the universe, yet so far remains elusive. In evolutionary biology, researchers can look at the genomes of species, see which genes cross over, and begin to decipher what function each serves…."
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2017 4:26 p.m. PST

Lol. I can already imagine some nutjobs calling this racist, as they do with everything else.


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2017 12:35 p.m. PST

It assumes that DNA is 100% efficient, with no waste. All is accounted for.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2017 8:03 a.m. PST

It assumes that DNA is 100% efficient, with no waste. All is accounted for.

John, that's not really what the article is saying or implying. There are missing genes in some species that cannot be "missing" for the animal to survive. Here's a better explanation:


They may just be better hidden as they are rich in guanine and cytosine sequences. Hence the "dark" analogy.

"Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based cloning of gene of interest with high GC content is a long recognized problem. PCR is a most sensitive tool and various factors have to be optimized for amplification of gene of interest."


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