Doing the twist - packing DNA
Almost every single cell of your body is packed with more than two metres of DNA, containing your genes. But not only does it have to be packed up to fit in there, it also has to be organised and read. Plus, how DNA twist might be linked to cancer, analysing dinosaur DNA, and an adventurous gene of the month.
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Almost every one of your cells has more than 2 metres of DNA
packed into it. How is this achieved, and how is it organised?
Mark Henderson gives us a taster of what to expect at the
Genetics Society Spring meeting, looking at genomics for
health and society.
In our cells, DNA is wrapped around ball-like packing proteins. But why doesn't it get all tangled up? And what does it look like?
Hi this is Steve Cherry from Lethbridge Alberta Canada. I listen to your great podcasts every weekend after our own domestic science show Quirks and Quarks. My question is: I read that a couple of researchers have said they have extracted dinosaur DNA, how do they separate it fro...
Our gene of the month is the adventurous Scott of the Antarctic,
which was first discovered in fruit flies back in 1996.