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Gene Behind Long Body Of Snake May Help Patients With Spinal Injuries

Published: August 9, 2016

snake-OCT4Snakes owe their long and slithery bodies to “junk DNA,” large chunks of the reptile’s genome that scientists once thought to be useless. The gene called Oct4 may eventually help treat people with spinal injuries.

Oct4 is responsible for regulating stem cells and affects the growth of the trunk in the middle part of a vertebrate’s body.

Study researcher Rita Aires, from Portugal’s Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC), explained that genes involved in the formation of the trunk have to stop their activities so that the genes that are involved in tail formation can begin their work.

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