In his talk at TEDMED 2013, Mike Pazin, Ph.D., Program Director for Functional Genomics at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), compared different parts of the genome to the lights and switches in a skyscraper. Protein-coding genes are like a building’s lights: they’re easy to spot and determine function, but they’re only 1 percent of the genome.
The rest of the genome is non-coding DNA, which is being mapped by NHGRI’s Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE). How is the group mining data, and what will it uncover about the work of these genes? How will the results help predict disease risk and point the way toward the most effective therapies?
Dr. Pazin explains:
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