The data and technologies that emerged from the Human Genome Project, completed nearly a decade ago, spurred a flurry of research into the role of genes in disease and provided scientists new tools to accelerate the pace of their disease-probing investigations. Now, results of another “big science” endeavor are promising to similarly boost and accelerate research, this time on the role that non–gene-encoding regulatory elements play in the emergence of disease.
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Nearly all DNA regions have some biological role, according to results from the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project.
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