There’s still a lot of debate about what goes on in the vast stretches of our genome that doesn’t code for proteins. Evidence is mounting that there’s far more to our genome than protein coding genes, but how much of our genomic ‘dark matter’ is functional is unknown. While some people think that it’s just a matter of time before we assign function to the majority of our genetic sequences, others maintain that it just doesn’t make evolutionary sense for all of our genome to be useful. You can check out the full article (or even listen to it) here.
Published by Dyani Lewis
I am a freelance science journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. I’ve written on a variety of topics, but I’m naturally drawn to evolutionary biology, medicine and microbes of all persuasions. My work has been published by Science, Nature Medicine, ABC Health & Wellbeing, Cosmos, The Conversation, Australasian Science Magazine and others. I’ve also guest blogged for United Academics Magazine. For two years running, I have had articles selected for inclusion in The Best Australian Science Writing (2014 and 2015), published by NewSouth Books. I am a regular co-host on Triple R’s Einstein-a-Go-Go science radio show and have hosted and produced science episodes for Up Close, the University of Melbourne’s podcast. I’ve also written and recorded for ABC Radio National’s Ockham’s Razor. I have a PhD in plant genetics, but I’m happy to have ditched the pipette and labcoat to get out and snoop around the scientific terrain being explored by others. I have a Masters in Journalism/Professional Writing to help me share what I find. I occasionally tweet @dyanilewis. View all posts by Dyani Lewis