Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Rodent Social Behavior Encoded in Junk DNA

Rodent Social Behavior Encoded in Junk DNA
(National Institute of Mental Health)
Far from being junk, the repetitive DNA sequences, which are highly prone to mutate rapidly, may ultimately exert their influence through complex interactions with other genes to produce individual differences and social diversity, according to Young.

That rules out activation of dormant potentials and intuitive faculties for these poor voles. Tragic.

1 comment:

Ashley said...

Sounds exactly right. I never believed in junk DNA. It's like the one about how we only use 10% of our brains; another bullshit myth promoted by journalists and pseudo-scientists. Only 10% of the brain may be measurably active at a time but it's like saying we only use 2% of our body while we urinate; or in my case, 6.5%.

Oh, that felt good. Man, why am I wasting "A" material here!?!