22 Mar

NYT Article: "Reanimated ‘Junk’ DNA Is Found to Cause Disease"

By GINA KOLATA Published: August 19, 2010
The human genome is riddled with dead genes, fossils of a sort, dating back hundreds of thousands of years the genome's equivalent of an attic full of broken and useless junk.
Some of those genes, surprised geneticists reported Thursday, can rise from the dead like zombies, waking up to cause one of the most common forms of muscular dystrophy. This is the first time, geneticists say, that they have seen a dead gene come back to life and cause a disease.