Because of my responsibilities at Reasons to Believe, I spend a lot of time reading scientific magazines and journals. While I can make my way quickly through most of the articles, sometimes it takes me hours—even days—to read and process a single item published in a scientific journal, including those that are just a few pages long. And it’s not just the article length that determines my reading speed. The subject matter and organization of the piece make a difference, too.
Similar constraints confront the cell’s machinery when it reads, copies, and processes the information housed in genes. The rate of transcription depends on gene length. Longer genes take more time to transcribe than shorter ones. But researchers from Portugal have just discovered that genes’ content and organization also influence their transcription rate.
This new insight provides researchers with a better understanding of how gene expression occurs in the early stages of embryo development. It also highlights the elegant design and exquisite molecular logic of biological systems—a feature that reflects the work of a Mind.
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