Saturday, March 4, 2017

RNA "Junk"

This article is about a possible discovery of underlooked RNA previously in the past categorized as junk. There happens to be a genetic connection with them however, in which these "junk" RNA's code for more proteins. Therefore, there could be more than the estimated 20,000 proteins coding in the human genome. These RNA maps are intensively hard to draw and often left out bits and pieces of them deemed useless. This topic expands the reasons why there is such a large heterozygous pool throughout our population. The very microbiological genetics concept as little as RNA explains are vast diverse gene pool.

I think this article was interesting because I am always curious how everyone is so different and not a like really at all. This supports and gave me ample knowledge of how small and diverse molecules as small as RNA are that make everyone so different from each other. This article might be of interest to someone who is interested in genetics. This also relates to our genetics class discussion on punnet squares and family trees as a bigger picture of the functions these little RNAs contribute to.

1 comment:

  1. I find this article interesting for the same reason as you did. It amazes me how we are all made up of the same components but yet we are all so different. Of course ,there are environmental factors that effect humans and why some of us are so different mentally. But, genetically, my brother, sisters and I are so different even though we came from the same parents. My sisters have bright blue eyes and blonde hair where I have brown eyes and brown hair. My brother has dark blue eyes and blonde hair. Some of us express different genes that were given to us by our parents. There is also junk RNA coding for proteins inside of us which makes us not similar. My sisters RNA can code for one protein where mine can code for another. This creates a large spectrum of difference between humans. We do share many similarities as humans but we also have many differences.