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When does a human look like a fly?

Written by Francesca Lake (Editor-in-Chief)

3D genomic structure of DNA strands

A convergence of three research teams has created a new classification system for cell nuclei, revealing 3D genomic structure as well as how to make a human nucleus resemble that of a fly.  The new classification system – likened to Dmitri Mendeleev’s ubiquitously known periodic table – has recently been published in Science. The system classifies the 3D genomic structure of organisms across the tree of life.   What’s more, the results may lead to a new method for genome editing, revealing precisely how to switch 3D genomic structures from one type to another.   The work of one of the three teams was centered on the DNA Zoo, an international consortium where researchers had been...

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