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 Posted 8/10/2011 4:02:32 AM
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John2004 (8/10/2011)
Apparently, an onion has 12 times more DNA than humans. Here is a link that may explain at least part of the puzzle as to why seemingly less complex organisms can have more DNA than more complex organisms do...

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2000/02.10/onion.html










That`s a very good article you found John. Thank you for posting it. Some of the most important discoveries have resulted from such basic research. Who can say what might result from research such as this and the practical applications that may be found.   ...Oscar


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OK, so the Harvard theory is that the less complex species lose "junk" DNA at a slower rate than the more complex species.  I read somewhere else, however, that the so-called "junk" DNA really isn't....
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Transpower (8/10/2011)
OK, so the Harvard theory is that the less complex species lose "junk" DNA at a slower rate than the more complex species.  I read somewhere else, however, that the so-called "junk" DNA really isn't....


  You are right about all that and those Harvard researchers do qualify their statements about what is " junk DNA ". No one Knows with any certainty and many questions about all this have yet to be answered. It is a topic that has continued to interest scientists for a long time now. There is some frog or toad that has a large genome also. I think it`s called the bufo bufo , something like that. Frogs and toads are among the most ancient of surviving species. What does it all mean ? I surely do NOT know.   ...Oscar
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