John Mattick uses the language of historian of science Thomas Kuhn to predict that we are witnessing a “paradigm shift” away from the concept of junk DNA.
Though more than a decade old, this work caught my attention for its possible relevance to our current experiences with COVID-19.
Conservation of function, but not genes, can be understood with an analogy to natural language. Consider two sentences.
Newly recognized large transposable elements in fungi dubbed Starships may not be selfish after all.
The lesson from woolly mammoth studies, and many other ones, is that it is much faster and easier to break or blunt a gene than to improve or make a new one.