Latest Centromere Stories
As any rock-climber knows, trailing a long length of rope behind you is not easy.
Genes control everything from eye color to disease susceptibility, and inheritance - the passing of the genes from generation to generation after they have been duplicated - depends on centromeres.
Whitehead Institute scientists report that two proteins once thought to have only supporting roles, are the true "stars" of the kinetochore assembly process in human cells.
Unless you are in a field of study related to cell biology, you most likely have never heard of Ndc80.
Accurate duplication of genetic material and the faithful segregation of chromosomes are critical for cell survival.
On average, one hundred billion cells in the human body divide over the course of a day.
University of Pennsylvania biologists studying human reproduction have identified what is likely the major contributing factor to the maternal age-associated increase in aneuploidy, the term for an abnormal number of chromosomes during reproductive cell division.
A reliable method for producing plants that carry genetic material from only one of their parents has been discovered by plant biologists at UC Davis.
If you can imagine identical twin sisters at rest, their breath drawing them subtly together and apart, who somehow latch onto ropes that pull them to opposite sides of the bedâ€”you can imagine what happens to a chromosome in the dividing cell.
The whole genome sequence of the domestic horse has been completed by the genome-sequencing center of The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, in collaboration with an international team of researchers that includes scientists at the University of California, Davis.
- Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.