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Evolutionarily Conserved Noncoding DNA

  1. Anil G Jegga,
  2. Bruce J Aronow

Published Online: 30 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0006126.pub2



How to Cite

Jegga, A. G. and Aronow, B. J. 2008. Evolutionarily Conserved Noncoding DNA. eLS. .

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  1. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2008

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The availability of increasingly complete and accurate genomic sequence data from evolutionarily separated species – as well as diverse strains and ethnic variants within species – is providing an unprecedented opportunity to identify potentially functional regions within genomic noncoding deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). A variety of bioinformatics tools enable genome-wide detection, characterization and visualization of highly conserved sequences and the occurrence of potentially functional elements within both the conserved and evolved elements.


  • phylogenetic conservation;
  • Noncoding DNA;
  • regulatory region;
  • cis-elements;
  • promoter;
  • enhancer