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DNA code for human brain neurons

  1. Dec 31, 2015 #1
    Hello;
    First of all I apologize in advance if I make any wrong quotes as I am a Mech engineering and has nothing to do with biology and DNA. I wish to know the entire code or the program of the DNA structure in human brain. As I understood DNA is made up of Adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine, four nucleotides, I want to know the combination of these codes in human neurons.
     
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  3. Dec 31, 2015 #2
    That's very interesting. What do you plan to do with or understand with "the combination of these codes in human neurons."
     
  4. Dec 31, 2015 #3

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    The entire human genome is available here. Somewhere in there is the code that builds a human brain. Now the trick is to decode it...
     
  5. Dec 31, 2015 #4

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    Or you could take a sample of your own brain and build a spare, in case anything happens to the original ...
     
  6. Jan 1, 2016 #5
    Thank You Phyzguy
     
  7. Jan 1, 2016 #6
    I want to know DNA has anything to do with the working of neurons which help us to feel the world
     
  8. Jan 1, 2016 #7
    Of course it does. However, the functional organization of any adult brain is a complex interplay between genetic and epigentic processes. I'm actually writing a paper right now that attempts to relate the adaptive evolution of certain microcephaly related brain genes to human brain/cognitive evolution. Here are a few papers I've come across so far in my preparatory research that may be of interest to you:

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-missing-genetic-link-in-human-evolution/
    http://mbe.oxfordjournals.org/content/31/3/594.long
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4315316/pdf/1755-8794-8-S1-S4.pdf
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3196496/pdf/pbio.1001179.pdf
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3c4TxciNeJZcHg4ek9nWDZGcWs/view?pref=2&pli=1
     
  9. Jan 31, 2016 #8
    Remember that cells contain all of our genetic code the important thing is which ones are switched on and off and when. There are quite a lot of different cell types that make up the brain, but neither the individual cells or the whole organ can operate independently of the body. So in itself the question doesn't really take you very far.
     
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