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Friday, April 30, 2004

Finding MORE Things 

Scientists at UC-Berkeley have developed a promising new technique for identifying rapidly-evolving and stable regions of pathogens' genomes. This is interesting, and important for lots of reasons stated in the release, which also has a nice overview of the whole codon/protein thing for those who aren't up to speed on that.

[EDIT, 9:25AM] I also have long wondered about whether or not the redundant codons (say, six for Arginine, etc.) are really totally redundant. I mean, it seems to work that way, but what if things like "water memory" are actually valid (not totally impossible in my mind)...that would mean that maybe the proteins can "tell" which codons their arginines, etc. came from, and maybe it makes a difference.

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