Ian A. York
iayork at panix.com
Mon Apr 17 13:37:52 EST 2000
In article <20000417142406.19749.00001881 at ng-ba1.aol.com>,
Rcjohnsen <rcjohnsen at aol.com> wrote:
>The termm 'junk DNA' is an unfortunate coinage of what used to be believed as
>useless DNA, but the alu sequences were derived from a bacterium and may have
>had some role in our rapid evolution from the chimpanzee.
(1) Alu sequences are only a fraction of "junk" DNA.
(2) I suspect you're thinking "virus", rather than "bacterium". If not,
what reference do you have for alu being derived from a bacterium?
(3) I suspect you are confused between using alu sequences to track
evolution, and alu sequences to drive evolution. If not, what references
do you have?
Ian York (iayork at panix.com) <http://www.panix.com/~iayork/>
"-but as he was a York, I am rather inclined to suppose him a
very respectable Man." -Jane Austen, The History of England
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