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Fisking ENCODE

A recent slew of ENCODE Consortium publications, specifically the article signed by all Consortium members, put forward the idea that more than 80% of the human genome is functional. This claim flies in the face of current estimates according to which the fraction of the genome that is evolutionarily conserved through purifying selection is under… Continue reading Fisking ENCODE

evolution · natural selection

Sean Carroll on the cutting edge of evolution in action? A gene divided reveals the details of natural selection MADISON — In a molecular tour de force, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have provided an exquisitely detailed picture of natural selection as it occurs at the genetic level. Writing today (Oct. 11, 2007) in… Continue reading