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Unlocking DNA Repair Secrets
2012-10-31 12:53:16

University of Sheffield Scientists from the University of Sheffield have unlocked one of the secrets to DNA repair —helping doctors identify DNA base damage and a patient's susceptibility to certain types of cancer. Groundbreaking research led by Dr David Williams from the University of Sheffield's Department of Chemistry and an international collaboration of expert researchers has discovered how some proteins recognize damaged bases within DNA which, if untreated, could lead to...

2012-10-04 13:41:21

Scientists in Canada and the United States have used three-dimensional imaging techniques to settle a long-standing debate about how DNA and structural proteins are packaged into chromatin fibers. The researchers, whose findings are published in EMBO reports, reveal that the mouse genome consists of 10-nm chromatin fibers but did not find evidence for the wider 30-nm fibers that were previously thought to be important components of the DNA architecture. “DNA is an exceptionally long...

Secrets Of Genetic Switch Unraveled
2012-08-31 16:46:43

When an invading bacterium or virus starts rummaging through the contents of a cell nucleus, using proteins like tiny hands to rearrange the host´s DNA strands, it can alter the host´s biological course. The invading proteins use specific binding, firmly grabbing onto particular sequences of DNA, to bend, kink and twist the DNA strands. The invaders also use non-specific binding to grasp any part of a DNA strand, but these seemingly random bonds are weak. Emory University...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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