Seminar Series : Seminars Series I

Noncoding RNA and the Transcriptional Landscape In Mammals

Noncoding RNA and the Transcriptional Landscape In Mammals

For many years, scientists believed that most of the unexplored “dark matter” of the human genome was non-functional, or “junk.” The idea of “junk DNA” generated on the belief that most genetic information is transacted via proteins, an assumption that dates back about half a century. New research, however, has shown that this junk may serve a significant purpose. Although this field is still in its infancy, scientists have already made significant progress towards discovering the purpose of this DNA. Dr. Wahlestedt will explore these findings, as they relate to the processes of the brain and the evolutionary goals of higher life forms.