Gaps in our genes are more important than we thought

Introns, the bits of non-coding DNA scattered through our genes, may play an important role in cell survival

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Introns are short stretches of non-coding DNA interspersed with the coding DNA in the genes of eukaryotic organisms. They are widespread and common but their evolutionary benefit isn't clear. This film explores some of the proposed explanations for introns, including a new idea based recent research.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-00202-0
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