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Comment 8 by Ignorant Amos :

Comment 5 by Stefan Udrea

Since when it's 8% more than 92 % ?!

Listen to it again.....1.2% of our genome is protein coding genes, about 20,000. In comparison, viruses have about 100,000 elements or 8-9%.....don't forget about all the redundancy from history we pack, there's your 90% excess baggage.... crudely explained I know, an "expert" here will refine.

Excess baggage? Not at all. The redundant portions of the genome are now being found out as very important regulatory segments, which play roles in transcription regulation and epigenetics. In no way is 90% of our genome excess baggage.

Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:39:22 UTC | #641197