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The real science of the 21st century

September 6, 2012

Today The Wall Street Journal included coverage of this important research that was previously covered in Nature and other journals. I am convinced this topic of study will essentially define scientific knowledge about human life and health for the years ahead. Virtually all areas of human science and medical research are pointing in the direction of this important new science. Yet is goes far beyond physical health and medicine as we know it. This is the study of the links between us all; the bridge between physical and spiritual; holding the key to an understanding of life, God and the universe.

“The new insight is the product of Encode, or Encyclopedia of DNA Elements, a vast, multiyear project that aims to pin down the workings of the human genome in unprecedented detail.

Encode succeeded the Human Genome Project, which identified the 20,000 genes that underpin the blueprint of human biology. But scientists discovered that those 20,000 genes constituted less than 2% of the human genome. The task of Encode was to explore the remaining 98%—the so-called junk DNA—that lies between those genes and was thought to be a biological desert.

That desert, it turns out, is teeming with action. Almost 80% of the genome is biochemically active, a finding that surprised scientists.

In addition, large stretches of DNA that appeared to serve no functional purpose in fact contain about 400,000 regulators, known as enhancers, that help activate or silence genes, even though they sit far from the genes themselves.

The discovery “is like a huge set of floodlights being switched on” to illuminate the darkest reaches of the genetic code, said Ewan Birney of the European Bioinformatics Institute in the U.K., lead analysis coordinator for the Encode results”.

I know that my comment on energy and spiritual reference are not an obvious connection to the content of the article. But further reading on the topic would convince us that the underlying biochemistry – much yet to be discovered – is in fact the link between the physical and non-physical realm. Stay tuned!

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