'Crucial Regulatory Segments' In 98 Percent of DNA Control Thousands of Genes
February 24, 2017 | DNA | M.Forrester
The mysterious majority -- as much as 98 percent -- of our DNA do not code for proteins. Much of this part of our genome was thought to be nonfunctional evolutionary leftovers that are just along for the ride. However, hidden among this noncoding DNA are many crucial regulatory elements that control the activity of thousands of genes. What is more, these elements play a major role in our health with their potential to trigger diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and even autism.