Thursday, September 06, 2007

Mice Thrive Missing Ancient DNA Sequences

I noticed this article posted at Science Daily today, and remembered someone in the comments section of Uncommon Descent mentioning this recent “knock-out” test on mice.

I was searching all over the place trying to find some feedback about it, and UP pops Davescot’s post at UD.

From the Science Daily article:
The discovery that deletion of ultraconserved elements does not render mice unviable or infertile is a major challenge to our understanding of how highly conserved elements of the genome persist and what their functions are, says Ahituv. He and his colleagues are pursuing research aimed at answering these compelling new questions.

Can anyone say front loading?