Published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2020
The amount of DNA in our cells (genome size) has intrigued biologists for many decades. Previously, it wasn’t understood why seemingly less-complex organisms (like onions) had more DNA than more complex organisms (like humans), but it was then found to be caused by non-coding DNA. Where does this extra DNA come from? And what are its other effects on the organism? In this review, I have discussed these issues and how we can combine new and old technologies to try to answer these questions. Hopefully this will lead to a deeper understanding of the evolutionary forces acting on non-coding DNA.
Recommended citation: Blommaert J.(2020). "Genome size evolution- towards new model systems for old questions." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2020.1441