Hello to new reader knoggleknot!
Still headachey, and I did not sleep well, alas.
Suicide Prevention Walk
Obligatory link-posting. Remember, the walk is this Saturday; only two days left to sponsor me!
Small stretches of seemingly useless DNA harbor a big secret, say researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. There's one problem: We don't know what it is. Although individual laboratory animals appear to live happily when these genetic ciphers are deleted, these snippets have been highly conserved throughout evolution.
"The true function of these regions remains a mystery, but it's clear that the genome really does need and use them," said Gill Bejerano, PhD, assistant professor of developmental biology and of computer science. In fact, these so-called "ultraconserved" regions are about 300 times less likely than other regions of the genome to be lost during mammalian evolution, according to research from Bejerano and graduate student Cory McLean.
I really have not gotten much at all done this week. *sigh* My absolutely-gotta-do for today = vetting Arisia tracks, adding things as necessary, and compiling the list of comics-track invitees to sent to bridgetminerva. All else comes after that.
*insert mumblings about how I need a personal assistant*
So how's by you?