• 'Jumping genes' help stabilize DNA folding patterns

    22 days ago - By ScienceDaily

    The DNA molecule inside the nucleus of any human cell is more than six feet long. To fit into such a small space, it must fold into precise loops that also govern how genes are turned on or off. New research indicates that 'jumping genes' play a surprising role in stabilizing the 3D folding patterns of the DNA molecule inside the cell's nucleus.
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  • 'Jumping genes' help stabilize DNA folding patterns

    23 days ago - By Phys

    "Jumping genes"-bits of DNA that can move from one spot in the genome to another-are well-known for increasing genetic diversity over the long course of evolution. Now, new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that such genes, also called transposable elements, play another, more surprising role: stabilizing the 3-D folding patterns of the DNA molecule inside the cell's nucleus.
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