Don’t buy the ENCODE hype

Much has been made of the claim in one of the new ENCODE papers regarding the demise of the concept of “junkDNA” and the claim that 80% of the genome is “functional.” However, even members of the ENCODE consortium seem to be backing off. ¬†One of them, Max Libbrecht, when asked about the 80% figure, linked to this article:

ENCODE says what?

which has a great summary of the research pertaining to ‘junkDNA’ and explains how/why the claim of 80% of the genome being “functional” is at best a stretch.



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