For the first time it has been discovered that an organism from the Precambrian Ediacaran fauna may have survived into the Cambrian period.
In “real time” they show the function of an enhancer in switching a gene from off to on.
Why not treat the whole genome as functional? This is a radical concept, but perhaps the focus on genes distorts our understanding.
“Male mice grow ovaries instead of testes if they are missing a small region of DNA that doesn’t contain any genes,” reports the Francis Crick Institute.
The news from NASA today, undeniably of some mild interest, is being overblown.