Surprise Scientific Discovery: Human Individuality Not in Our Genes, but in Whatever "Controls" Our Genes
Teresa Neumann : Mar 24, 2010 : Stanford University Medical Center - Science Daily
"The discovery suggests that researchers focusing exclusively on genes to learn what makes people different from one another have been looking in the wrong place...The bulk of the differences among individuals are not found in the genes themselves, but in regions we know relatively little about."
REPORTER'S NOTE: Hmm. I wonder what "it" is that controls our genes? -Teresa Neumann, BCN.
"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb." -Psalm 139:13
The discovery, notes the report, suggests that researchers focusing exclusively on genes to learn what makes people different from one another have been looking in the wrong place.
"We are rapidly entering a time when nearly anyone can have his or her genome sequenced," said Michael Snyder, PhD, professor and chair of genetics at Stanford. "However, the bulk of the differences among individuals are not found in the genes themselves, but in regions we know relatively little about. Now we see that these differences profoundly impact protein binding and gene expression."
According to the report, "Genes, which carry the specific instructions necessary to make proteins do the work of the cell, vary by only about 0.025 percent across all humans. Scientists have spent decades trying to understand how these tiny differences affect who we are and what we become. In contrast, non-coding regions of the genome, which account for approximately 98 percent of our DNA, vary in their sequence by about 1 to 4 percent. But until recently, scientists had little, if any, idea what these regions do and how they contribute to the "special sauce" that makes me, me, and you, you."
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