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  • Conversation: Scientists identify molecular key that opens up compacted genome

    • January 24, 2018 2:10 PM GMT
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      Scientists identify molecular key that opens up compacted genome

      In a new study, researchers at the Université de Montréal have discovered a molecule called Pax7 that opens up parts of the compacted genome, enabling access by transcription factors.
      Human DNA spans one to two meters, therefore the only way it can be squeezed into a cell is by compaction. DNA contains all the genes required to produce RNA; the intermediary molecule that codes for protein production and cellular activity. Transcription factors help this genetic information be copied into RNA at various stages throughout a person’s development, including the production of new cells. This enables stem cells to differentiate into specialized cells with different properties and functions.
      Read more:http://bit.ly/CompactedGenome

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