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Name: Jay
Status: Other
Grade:  Other
Location: WV
Country: United States
Date: August 2008


Question:
The gene for neprilysin contains approx 80,000 base pairs while neprilysin itself contains only 749 amino acids, what is the significance of the difference between these numbers?



Replies:
The gene contains non-coding regions called introns. Eukayotic genes can contain as much as 90% non-coding regions.

Ron Baker, Ph.D.



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