We thought the concept of junk DNA (noncoding DNA) was dead. But Darwin’s followers keep reanimating the corpse. Maybe they’ll reanimate junk RNA too.
Meanwhile, there is an issue of Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, devoted mainly to the uses of noncoding RNAs—the noncoding explosion:
The long-held view that the primary role of RNA is to code for proteins has been severely undermined. This Focus explores the remarkable functional diversity of RNA in light of recent breakthroughs in noncoding-RNA biology. More.
The editorial (mostly exculpatory blather about the wrong ideas) is free, but the rest is paywalled.
See also: Jonathan Wells and the junk DNA myth
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