University of Virginia-Led Team Uncovers Important Secret in Gene Replication

Published: Jun 14, 2007

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., June 13, 2007 - A team of researchers led by University of Virginia Health System geneticists has uncovered a major secret in the mystery of how the DNA helix replicates itself time after time. It turns out that it is not just the sequence of the bases (building blocks) in the DNA, but also how loosely or tightly the chromatin (the material that makes up chromosomes) is packed at different points of the chromosome that is critical.

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