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redOrbit: Carnivorous Plant Ditches Its 'Junk' DNA
Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Monday, May 13, 2013
Submitter EXCERPT:
"Utricularia gibba is a carnivorous plant that uses a specialized bladder to suck in bugs like a vacuum cleaner. What makes the plant particularly noteworthy for geneticists, however, is the fact that 97 percent its genome is comprised of actual genes.

"'The big story is that only 3 percent of the bladderwort's genetic material is so-called 'junk' DNA,' saidÔÇ»study researcher Victor Albert, a biology professor from the SUNY University at Buffalo."


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