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encode

(ĕn-kōd′)
v. en·coded, en·coding, en·codes
v.tr.
1. To convert (a message or other information) into code.
2. To format (electronic data) according to a standard format.
3. Genetics To specify the genetic code for (a protein, for example).
v.intr.
1. To convert information into code.
2. To format electronic data according to a standard format.
3. Genetics To specify the genetic code for a protein.

en·cod′er n.

encode

[enkōd′]
Etymology: Gk, en + L, caudex, book
1 to translate a message, signal, or stimulus into a code.
2 to rewrite information into a form that can be interpreted by a computer manually or automatically, as by a computer program.

encode

To place a molecular “message” in a structural gene (DNA), which can be transcribed into mRNA and translated into a mature protein.

encode

to code. See genetic code.
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Last month the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) Consortium, an international collaboration of research groups funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, reported exciting data upending the view that large portions of the human genome contain "junk" DNA.
Finally, although the results of the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project clearly illustrate that DNA sequences outside of genes are not "junk," determining the clinical significance of the mutations identified in these regions can be problematic.
The questions we can now ask are more sophisticated and will yield better answers than the ones we were asking nine years ago," says Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, which coordinated and funded the mammoth Encyclopedia of DNA Elements, or ENCODE, project.

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