NEO Magazine Issue 2 - Page 49

suggestive of a third strand being activated (or should we say re-connected?). This is a notion I will return to in a future article elaborating on these important themes, which appear over and over in “New Age” material, including Barbara Marciniak’s compelling Bringers of the Dawn, which posits that we are supposed to be functioning on twelve strands(!) Not long ago, I met an innovative Australian scientist who had a DNA sample studied and was informed that he had at least six functional strands, which the stunned scientists in question had never seen before. This was kept quiet, obviously. In early September 2012, scientists from the Encode project confirmed, after having analyzed all 3 billion pairs of genetic code comprising our DNA, that far more of it is biologically active than had been widely believed: 80% is in fact performing a specific function, confirming that most non-protein-coding “junk” DNA isn’t junk at all. Perhaps more importantly in the context of the foregoing discussion, these scientists have also identified 4 million “switch genes”, which are sections of DNA that control when genes are switched on or off in cells. These can even be a long way from the actual gene they control (if you’re Speculative Conclusions and Visions for talking about an uncoiled DNA strand). the Future Many switches are linked to changes in risk levels for various diseases and disorders, In 2003, the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements and we have the field of epigenetics to (“Encode”) genome research project was thank for proving that local environmental launched. Pooling the resources of over triggers (including stress) are ultimately 400 scientists over thirty-two laboratories more important in determining the activathroughout the UK, US, Spain, Singapore, tion or silencing of certain genes—and and Japan, it is the largest research project therefore our biological health—than inherinto the human genome yet conducted. ent genetic defects (which account only for