Junk Genes

Wed Mar 22 09:50:46 EST 1995

On 22 Mar 1995, Leahcim wrote:

> From: michael at saturn.caps.maine.edu (Leahcim)
> Subject: Junk genes
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> Hullo.  I am a sophmore at Gardiner Area High School in Maine, and we have
> recently been doing a section on Genetics.
> I have been assigned a research project, due sometime this spring, and one
> topic that came to mind is the 5 w's (what where why when how) of Junk genes.
> Or at least thats what my teacher calls them.  She also said I might find
> information under "nonsense genes" or "no sense genes".  On asking another
> Biology teacher on the correct terminology for these genes, I got the answer
> "anti-codon".  I have searched the world wide web (and soon gopher, but the
> servers were busy as usual) for all of these terms, and have not found anything
> that looks like what I want.
> If anyone can a) tell me the correct term for these genes, b) give me any info
> on these genes, and c) send me in the right direction to find information on these
> genes, I would be greatly appreciative.
> I also have to have an "alternate" means of research, meaning experiments, surveys,
> etc.  If any of you can suggest an "alternate" means of research, I would like that.
> Matter of fact, in case this idea falls through, I would appreciate any ideas for a
> research topic.  
> I am sorry if I have posted my problems to the wrong newgroup, I thought this one
> seemed appropriate.  So please keep the flames to a minimum.  And thanks in advance
> for any help I might get.
> Michael
> michael at saturn.caps.maine.edu

Try introns or intervening sequences- these are most often used in the 
literature to refer to "junk" genes.  Another term to try is pseudogene 
(silent genes in the organism).
Good luck with your project!

     David J. McGee
MCGEED at hal.hahnemann.edu

Graduate Student
McPHU (Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University)
Center City Campus
15th and Vine Streets
Dept. Microbiology and Immunology M.S. 410
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Happy 1995!  

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