Evolution trivia: Junk DNA of modern human evolution L-gulonolactone oxidase

While many of the hangovers from our “devolved” past are visible or physical, this is not true for…

While many of the hangovers from our “devolved” past are visible or physical, this is not true for all. Humans have structures in their genetic make-up that were once used to produces enzymes to process vitamin C (it is called L-gulonolactone oxidase).


Evolution trivia: Junk DNA of modern human evolution L-gulonolactone oxidase

Most other animals have this functioning DNA but at some point in our history, a mutation disbled the gene – whilst leaving behind its remnants as junk DNA.

This particular junk DNA indicates a common ancestry with other species on earth, so it is particularly interesting.

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