A zebra takes its stripes wherever it goes

This week ends with another African proverb and some thoughts on transcription factor binding sites.

Commenting on the work of Janssens that “there is no inherent reason that CRMs [cis regulatory modules] must lie on a contiguous segment of DNA or that they must contain clusters of sites”, Halfon still expresses the hope that “we should be able to identify the regulatory elements for any gene starting with only the DNA sequence”.

Although an old dream, I am now rather sceptical if this prediction will ever work. Recognize the differences of my drawing compared to original figure: I am introducing even another level of temporal relationships. There might be even a close relationship to yesterdays post on “retaliation“, yea, yea.