Evidence-Based Surgical Hypothesis| Volume 149, ISSUE 6, P731-734, June 2011

The case against BRCA 1 and 2 testing

      We are all comfortable with the fundamental concepts of molecular biology—that a sequence of nucleotide pairs in DNA encodes complementary RNA, which directs the synthesis of proteins in our ribosomes. Then the trouble starts. Without appearing arrogant, humans like to think of ourselves as special. So, how can most of our distinguishing genes encoding human proteins also be so expressed egalitarianly in cows, sloths, and rats? And, how is it that a perfect human being can be constructed from a DNA recipe that contains only 20,000 genetic instructions when both roses and cows
      • Elsik C.G.
      • et al.
      Bovine Genome Sequencing and Analysis Consortium
      The genome sequence of taurine cattle: a window to ruminant biology and evolution.
      sport more. Or, perhaps even less conceptually acceptable, how can it be that the admirably erudite coeditors of this journal enjoy a DNA code that is at least 99.6% identical to that of the Marx Brothers?
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