On an almost weekly basis, new research floods in documenting previously unidentified functionality of many different classes of non-coding DNA elements. This consistent trend renders untenable the dogmatic claim that our DNA is mostly junk.
A paper was recently published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research that identified a previously unknown function of non-coding (nc)RNA molecules (Isakov et al., 2012). Using a program called RandA (which stands for ncRNA Read-and-Analyze), a tool developed for the purpose of conducting deep-sequencing data analysis including profiling and differential expression analysis, the researchers investigated the expression patterns of the ncRNA transcriptome.
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