The Reality of Pervasive Transcription

Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
PLoS Biology (Impact Factor: 11.77). 07/2011; 9(7):e1000625; discussion e1001102. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000625
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ABSTRACT Despite recent controversies, the evidence that the majority of the human genome is transcribed into RNA remains strong.

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