Understanding how information is encoded and transmitted is a crucial part of understanding our modern world.

Scientists have discovered a second code hiding within DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in DNA and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease.

Genome scientist Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos.

Genome scientist Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos led a team that discovered a second code hidden in DNA.

A research team led by Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos, University of Washington associate professor of genome sciences and of medicine, made the discovery. The findings are reported in the Dec. 13 issue of Science.

Read the research paper.  Also see commentary in Science“The Hidden Codes that Shape Protein Evolution.

 

The article written by Stephanie Seiler can be found here:

http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/12/12/scientists-discover-double-meaning-in-genetic-code/