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Scientists discover 90% of human DNA does nothing

by AprilSix Proof

The Telegraph: We would survive with a just fraction of our DNA

Scientists at the University of Oxford have found that just 8.2% of human DNA plays a part in making us who we are and keeping us alive.

Although why this is the case is currently unknown, the discovery could speed up genetic research as scientists would no longer have to look at 90% of DNA to find the causes and cures for genetic diseases.

The 8.2% of useful DNA breaks down into a little over 1 per cent that carries out critical biological processes, and the remainder is speculated to be responsible for controlling genes that encode proteins.

The findings were reported in the journal PLOS Genertics.

Story from the Telegraph