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The Myth of Junk DNA

Table of Contents

    • Preface 9
    • 1 The Controversy Over Darwinian Evolution 11
    • 2 Junk DNA: the Last Icon of Evolution? 17
    • 3 Most DNA Is Transcribed into RNA 29
    • 4 Introns and the Splicing Code 39
    • 5 Pseudogenes-Not So Pseudo After All 47
    • 6 Jumping Genes and Repetitive DNA 57
    • 7 Functions Independent of Exact Sequence 71
    • 8 Some Recent Defenders of Junk DNA 81
    • 9 Summary of the Case for Functionality in Junk DNA 89
    • 10 From Junk DNA to a New Understanding of the Genome 97
    • Appendix: The Vitamin C Pseudogene 109
    • Notes 115
    • Glossary 161
    • Index 171