"""But despite the fact every cell in our bodies contains the same DNA sequence, different organs result, suggesting there is some other process at work.""" While I don't diseagre with the article I diseagre with the logic of this statement. This suggest nothing. One part of the DNA could be use to make an organ and an other part used to make an other organ, while still storing the entire DNA everywhere.
Robert Walther
A second layer and a third and a fourth...The levels of life are unending.
DNA almost certainly contains De Bruijn sequences also. It is unlikely that nature would miss such a simple trick.
Can that means the "junk DNA" may have a more important role than previously thought?
De Bruijn sequences in assembly computation. Agree with NobleButterfly. Have a really hard time agreeing with the 'folding' of the strands being "mechanically cued" in two mediums and from the "folds" creating such a different genetic letter sequence of a specific protein. "Scientists confirm DNA holds a second layer of information", Not empirically true--Maybe, 'Scientists suggest'. I don't consider this "confirmation".
Andrew Keim
I agree, there has to be more layers, we have yet to discover them, but we will eventually.
Walt Stawicki
which has come first, the cell and infoldment of the mating of his and hers contributions? the point is how does the initial fold code get there through this process? how does this work at the morphology level? I'm still stuck with Alan Turing on that. If any one can integrate this with his theoretical math proposition and the body of work that somewhat follows in line...?
An old 'discovery', like many others in the science. Please read about it in the book from Steven Druker: "Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public". He explains it extremely good, especially as a public interest attorney! P. 491 with citations mentioning the relevant resources, one of them, Weatheritt's article in Science 13:342 (6164), 2013. Title of this article: "The Hidden Codes that Shape Protein evolution."
I'm not a scientist, and this may be a ridiculous question - but might this finding explain why identical twins nevertheless are not exact replicas of each other? One may develop a form of cancer, the other will not. As they grow into adults, physical differences - although often small - also develop. Obviously the DNA code in itself doesn't explain everything.
Great job to these 5 men from the Netherlands on a major scientific breakthrough.