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ORF phenomenology differs between Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes. The number of ORFs is also sensitive to the amount of in the genome.
Although ORFs are present in all domains of Life, their phenomenology in Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes is markedly different.
It is also well known that the ratio of the —component to the —component in a genome differs substantially between Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes. One observes see, for example,  ,  ,  that 7 for all but the largest Prokaryotes.
Put together with the remark from the preceding paragraph, this implies that the probability distribution function for ORFs in a genome must depend not only on the amount of but also on the fraction of the genome and how they are apportioned. Therefore, in developing the pdf , from which the number of ORFs in the genome can be computed, one must consider the coupled influence of and in describing the functionality of ORFs.
The pdf for ORFs as a function of only the fraction of the genome was inferred for a species from each of the three Domains of Life in Ref. There it was found to be expressible in each case as the superposition of two mutually exclusive pdf functions. That is, ORF dynamics depends on both the and the components of the genome and not only on the component.
Evolution and the proliferation of gene functions. During the course of evolutionary history there has been a proliferation of gene functions as compiled, for example, in Gene Families. This is the result of the four forces of evolution  acting on living systems.
Through both adaptive and non-adaptive processes evolution gives rise within the physico-chemical environment of the living system, its ecological neighbors of the same or different species and the external environment, to new genes that enable the necessary functions to support Life.
That is, new ORFs are also generated.
The incorporation of new genes and gene functions into the genome is generally the result of the evolution of pre-existing genes and functions. The extra underlying base pairs come, for example, from the relatively frequent duplication of regions in the genome that may have contained one or more genes . A qualitative description of some of the most important known properties of is available in many current textbooks such as References  , .
But as genome size increases in addition to the above one can anticipate that the increase in genome length will eventually induce non—linearities as well as generate an enrichment of the interactions between the various DNA components and their functions in some non—trivial ways as more biological functions are implemented see refs. Furthermore, biological functions are usually related to domains in proteins segments of ORFs , which during genome evolution are subject to rearrangement.
In fact, domains act as modules and, in Eukaryotes, they are particularly combined into multiple forms in multi—domain proteins .
This rearrangement, particularly enhanced in Eukaryotes, could synergistically increase the functional repertoire encoded in the genome and therefore involve non—linear information control. In view of this, it is therefore reasonable to infer that a larger genome size entails a concomitant increase in the number of biological functions that the living system can potentially express, as well as in the number of chemical processes that are controlled by the genome.
Since ORFs and genes are closely related, fulfilling these requirements has important consequences for the statistical mechanics of ORFs and hence their pdf. In this context, a implies an increase in the number of distinct pdfs for the base pairs that must combine in order to account for the statistical mechanics of the genome, while b implies an increase in the probability of errors taking place as a result of non-linearity, error combination and accumulation.
The latter expresses the biological fact that segments of ORFs domains combine to produce further complexity, without recourse to de novo ORF invention.
Putting the above together. We have seen that during evolution the combination of adaptive and non-adaptive processes leads to changes in genome size that accompany deep modifications to living systems. These functional changes affect gene number, total genome length and the proportion of cDNA-to-ncDNA packed inside the genome, which may be expected to lead to speciation and beyond.
All these changes of course naturally have a reflection on the statistical mechanics of the genome.
And more specifically on , the pdf for ORF number as a function of full genome size. This function reflects the changes taking place in the stochastic dynamics of the genome albeit at a very general level. However, in view of properties a and c listed in Introduction Section B, the combination of gene duplication and the emergence of new functions during the evolutionary process can be incorporated into ORF phenomenology if is related to the Benford distribution.
Furthermore, once the Benford distribution for ORFs sets in, its persistence property d ensures that it will dominate other effective distributions e. Thus multiple lines of argument lead to the same conclusion: the distribution of ORFs as a function of genome size, G, should follow a Benford distribution.
A proposal for the pdf of the number of ORFs in a genome. This is indeed one of the best textbooks I have read, and it should be a must-have genetics book not only for college and graduate students but also for biomedical researchers who are working on human diseases, including cancer, that have a genetic and molecular basis. The book is divided into 18 chapters that guide the reader through the diverse topics that make up modern genetics.
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The publishers also maintain a feature called GeNETics on their Web page to provide additional Internet-based resources for inquisitive readers who want to explore various topics further.ORF phenomenology differs between Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes. These functional changes affect gene number, total genome length and the proportion of cDNA-to-ncDNA packed inside the genome, which may be expected to lead to speciation and beyond.
The categorized table below provides the prevalence as well as the genes or chromosomes associated with some human genetic disorders. Thus the Celera human genome sequence released in was largely that of one man. The role of RNA in genetic regulation and disease offers a new potential level of unexplored genomic complexity.