Naming 'junk': Human non-protein coding RNA (ncRNA) gene nomenclature

  title={Naming 'junk': Human non-protein coding RNA (ncRNA) gene nomenclature},
  author={Mathew W. Wright and Elspeth A. Bruford},
  booktitle={Human Genomics},
Previously, the majority of the human genome was thought to be 'junk' DNA with no functional purpose. Over the past decade, the field of RNA research has rapidly expanded, with a concomitant increase in the number of non-protein coding RNA (ncRNA) genes identified in this 'junk'. Many of the encoded ncRNAs have already been shown to be essential for a variety of vital functions, and this wealth of annotated human ncRNAs requires standardised naming in order to aid effective communication. The… CONTINUE READING
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