“These genes are the ‘ignition key’ that is needed to turn on human embryonic development. It is like dropping a stone into water and then watching the waves spread across the surface”Most genes code for proteins, but there’s a large amount of ‘junk’ DNA which we’re still learning about. Some of these junk DNA sequences may aid evolution and also regulate gene expression, which is what this research found. They discovered that some of these activated genes were interacting with the junk DNA.
“Our results provide novel insights into the regulation of early embryonic development in human. We identified novel factors that might be used in reprogramming cells into so-called pluripotent stem cells for possible treatment of a range of diseases, and potentially also in the treatment of infertility”Read more at Medicalxpress