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Don’t use ‘dark matter’ to mean ‘something we don’t understand’

Matthew R. Francis is right, 'dark matter of the genome' is a really bad metaphor.

Matthew R. Francis – Writer of science, blogger of physics and astronomy, director of CosmoAcademy, writes:

“Physicists are serial offenders when it comes to cross-disciplinary meddling. Whether it’s a theoretical cosmologist claiming to solve consciousness or a professor smugly claiming all other sciences are “soft”, physicists are too often quick to pass judgement on other fields. So, I’m a little worried about coming off that way when I criticize a bad habit in biology of referring to the “dark matter of the genome” or other similar phrases.”

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