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The Vigilante

Science  21 Mar 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6177, pp. 1306-1309
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6177.1306

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Summary

When the ENCODE Project claimed that there is no such thing as junk DNA, Dan Graur counterattacked. The heart of his critique is that ENCODE researchers have made an unwarranted leap in the interpretation of their data. He alleges that the motivation of ENCODE leaders was to create a media splash that would justify the project's cost. Some agree with the substance of his criticisms; others have taken issue with his style.