Eukaryote Evolution: Why So Much Non-Coding DNA?

The rate of non-coding DNA evolution is proportional to:
R · S · N
R mutation probability per generation per nucleotide base,
S size of non-coding genome,
N population,
L generational latency.


To stay evolutionarily competitive, prokaryotes offset their tiny non-coding genome size S with huge populations N and short latencies L.


Eukaryotes offset their long latencies L and small populations N with huge non-coding genomes S.

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