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

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?

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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