Stop the presses! Revise the textbooks! John Mattick and his collaborators have discovered how genes are controlled in mammals.
Anyone who knows Mattick's past history will know what's coming—Mattick overthrew the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology over six years ago (Mattick, 2003; Mattick, 2004).1,2
An international consortium of scientists, including researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ), have probed further into the human genome than ever before.
They have discovered how genes are controlled in mammals, as well as the tiniest genetic element ever found.
Their discoveries will be published in three milestone papers in leading journal Nature Genetics.
1. See Basic Concepts: The Central Dogma of Molecular Biology for the truth about the Central Dogma.
2. See Greg Laden Gets Suckered by John Mattick for an example of how easy it is to get fooled by John Mattick.
Mattick, J.S. (2003) Challenging the dogma: the hidden layer of non-protein-coding RNAs in complex organisms. BioEssays 25:930-939.
Mattick, J.S. (2004) The hidden genetic program of complex organisms. Sci. Am. 291:60-67.