The genome is littered with old copies of genes and experiments
that went wrong somewhere in the recent past—say, the last half a
million years. This code is there but inactive. These are called
the “pseudo genes”.
Furthermore, 97% of your DNA is commented out. DNA is linear and read from
start to end. The parts that should not be decoded are marked very
clearly, much like C comments. The 3% that is used directly form the
so called “exons”. The comments, that come “inbetween” are called
These comments are fascinating in their own right. Like C
comments they have a start marker, like
/*, and a stop
*/. But they have some more structure.
Remember that DNA
is like a tape—the comments need to be snipped out physically! The
start of a comment is almost always indicated by the letters “GC”,
which thus corresponds to
/*, the end is signalled by
“AG”, which is then like
DNA seen through the eyes of
It's an interesting view of DNA, as seen through the eyes of a programmer.
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