Efficient inefficiency: biochemical "junk" may represent molecular bridesmaids awaiting emergent function as a buffer against environmental fluctuation.


The biochemical function of many parts of the genome, transcriptome, proteome, and interactome remain largely unknown. We propose that portions of these fundamental building blocks of life have no current biochemical function per se. Rather, sections of these "omes" may contribute to an inventory of biochemical parts and circuits that participate in the… (More)


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