Study: "Junk" DNA in plants not needed to remain healthy

05/12/2013 | LiveScience.com

So-called junk DNA is just that -- junk, according to a study by researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York. In a study of the carnivorous bladderwort plant, they found that the part of the genome not responsible for coding proteins in plants is simply not needed for the organism to remain healthy. Researchers, however, are still exploring why some organisms have a lot of junk DNA while others don't.

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