- ERV linked with a tone of disgust.
- I restated my frustration with the term junk DNA.
- JR Minkel, the author of the Scientific American article, responded to my criticisms.
- Ryan Gregory replied to Minkel’s SciAm blog post, introducing the term “junctional DNA” to
replace junk DNAdescribe sequences with unknown function. Gregory also tells us how a genome is like an onion (let me count the ways), or something of the sortwonders why onions have really big genomes.
- If you have any further questions about junk DNA, Ryan Gregory is also collecting questions about junk DNA. Word on the street is he may even answer some of them.
What do I think about junk DNA? Should we replace it with another term (ie, junctional DNA, funk DNA)? I’d rather just see the whole thing scrapped. Abandoned. Junked.
Update: At Gregory’s request, I changed his bullet point. I’ve been accused of “sloppy reporting”, but I prefer to think of it as playing fast and loose. I shoot from the hip. I’m a hip shooter. And I thought the
sarcasm irony intentional-douchebaggery was clear. Also, John Timmer writes about the actual paper.