Re: Re : AGING: Accumulation of DNA damage

From: phil osborn (
Date: Fri Jul 14 2000 - 23:38:12 MDT

>From: "Joao Pedro de Magalhaes" <>
>To: "Robert J. Bradbury" <>,
>Subject: Re : AGING: Accumulation of DNA damage
>Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 16:57:26 +0200
>One thing that has always troubled me is: if non-coding regions are so easy
>to mutate and lose, how come they exist in such large amounts? I don't
>recall in detail my classes on the subject but I don't remember studying
>repair mechanisms specific of coding regions. Perhaps they exist but, until
>further evidence, I cannot accept them.
Just a thought.. Suppose the introns, etc. are used for identification
purposes? Like a fingerprint. I wonder if they could figure into viral
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