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Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome

Junk DNA: A Journey Through the Dark Matter of the Genome (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Carey, Nessa

For decades after the identification of the structure of DNA, scientists focused only on genes, the regions of the genome that contain codes for the production of proteins. Other regions that make up 98 percent of the human genome were dismissed as junk, sequences that serve no p...urpose. But researchers have recently discovered variations and modulations in this junk DNA that are involved with a number of intractable diseases. Our increasing knowledge of junk DNA has led to innovative research and treatment approaches that may finally ameliorate some of these conditions. Junk DNA can play vital and unanticipated roles in the control of gene expression, from fine-tuning individual genes to switching off entire chromosomes. These functions have forced scientists to revisit the very meaning of the word gene and have engendered a spirited scientific battle over whether or not this genomic nonsense is the source of human biological complexity. Drawing on her experience with leading scientific investigators in Europe and North America, Nessa Carey provides a clear and compelling introduction to junk DNA and its critical involvement in phenomena as diverse as genetic diseases, viral infections, sex determination in mammals, and evolution. We are only now unlocking the secrets of junk DNA, and Nessa Carey's book is an essential resource for navigating the history and controversies of this fast-growing, hotly disputed field.
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ISBN 9780231170857
Released NZ 15 May 2017
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Language English (translated from: English)
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ISBN-13 9780231170857
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Columbia University Press
Released 15 May 2017
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Carey, Nessa
Category Award Winning
Popular Science
Cellular Biology
Number of Pages 360
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Dewey Code 572.86
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Genomics, Human genome, Eukaryotic cells, Gene therapy, Recombinant DNA
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly