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Intergenic region

An Intergenic region is a stretch of DNA sequences located between clusters of genes that comprise a large percentage of the human genome but contain few or no genes. Occasionally some intergenic DNA acts to control genes close by, but most of it has no currently known function. It is one of the DNA sequences collectively referred to as junk DNA, though it is only one phenomenon labeled such and in scientific studies today, the term is less used.

This could also be where noncoding RNAs are located. Though little is known about them, they are thought to have regulatory functions.


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