The Importance of Junk DNA

The Importance of Junk DNA

Wild Card's progress: fully-fledged

The source of this Wild Card: 
Scientific American. December 2010. 10 World Changing Ideas.

Likelihood timeframe and scenario features : 
now-2050+

Wild Card's description 
Genes make up only about 2 % of the human genome. The rest was for many years ignored as “junk DNA”. This space is an incredibly important part of the genetic code, home to a vast unexamined treasure trove of information that controls how genes behave. Biologists continue to be surprised by what was once dismissed as wasted space.