Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Discovery of Genes that Make us Human

Gene Discovery

This article focuses on what it is about our genes that makes humans different from primates and all other mammals. The study found that while it is known that mutations in genes from duplication and rearranging is what creates new genes, one of the main reasons we may differ from primates is actually because of non-coding DNA. Looking at the genes of primates the study has found that some of the differences is actually that non-coding DNA in primates has actually become active within humans. So, while some of the same gene may be inactive in primates, when it was transcribed, it became active which helps account of differences between humans and primates.

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