Proteins Binding Genes Make Humans Unique

GreenTracker| Ask a group of intelligent humans what makes them unique, and they will answer ‘my genes’. Wrong answer — but don’t feel bad, because scientists have employed the same scientific assumption in studying human individuality or ‘gene expression’.

“We are rapidly entering a time when nearly anyone can have his or her genome sequenced,” said Michael Snyder, PhD, professor and chair of genetics at Stanford. “However, the bulk of the differences among individuals are not found in the genes themselves, but in regions we know relatively little about. Now we see that these differences profoundly impact protein binding and gene expression.” via Science Daily

Read on for more science on just what makes you unique, from a biological perspective.