Important BYU research debunks the idea of "junk DNA"

The human body contains approximately 50 trillion cells whose length of DNA content compares to 528 million donuts wrapped around the earth 2,500 times.

Until recently, scientists thought 95 percent of that DNA was “junk” and had no function. BYU microbiology professor Steven Johnson and one of his undergraduate assistants, Elliot Winters, participated in a worldwide collaborative research project, the ENCODE Project concluded 80 percent of a person’s DNA does perform an important function.

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