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|Oh my Designer, the game is up!|
|Equally startling is that these genes were discovered in what had been considered “junk” DNA, non-functioning strings of repetitive DNA that do not seem to do anything. |
Scientists have long assumed new genes could only evolve from duplicated or rearranged versions of preexisting genes, passed on by our ancestors, Dr McLysaght said. But then scientists began to discover a very few novel genes in species such as flies and yeasts that arose from apparently inactive junk DNA.
I, for one, welcome our new junk DNA overlords.
Honestly, you heathens will believe anything!
|Research leader Dr Aoife McLysaght and Dr David G Knowles, of TCD’s Smurfit Institute of Genetics, conducted comparisons of human, ape and monkey DNA.|
Aoife is also quite the cutie...she's in front here:
I was seeing if she had a preprint or anything of that paper up and got all sexcited when I saw a .pdf icon next to the title-- but, alas, it was not to be.
I made do with ogling pics of her and other lab denizens here http://www.gen.tcd.ie/molevol/
Sex and the Single Scientist! Loved that book!
The one on the right in the first picture is also foxy, although she seems to get her sweater sense from Dembski. But on her, it looks good!
Both of these pictures will join my growing selection of science porn.
The lady scientist in front (Aoife?) had a brief soundbite/interview on the splendid BBC last night (Radio 4, no less!).
Sounds as good as she looks - mind you, I do get a bit sweaty hearing pretty women speaking with an Irish accent.