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STEM LECTURE: Junk DNA: What is it and why it could help us to find new the...

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Denbigh School

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Did you know that the vast majority of our genome does not encode proteins? For several decades, this “non-coding” DNA has been considered useless evolutionary junk. However, recent evidence suggests that “non-coding” genes are important for several cellular functions, and that disruption of these mysterious genetic entities could cause diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. We will explore what we know so far about “junk DNA” and how research on this subject could help us solving some of life’s most intractable mysteries.

Speaker: Dr Francesco Crea, The Open University

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