July 26, 2006

Genes aren't the only code in DNA

This may prove to be a significant development. Read Nicholas Wade in the New York Times.
Researchers believe they have found a second code in DNA in addition to the genetic code.

The genetic code specifies all the proteins that a cell makes. The second code, superimposed on the first, sets the placement of the nucleosomes, miniature protein spools around which the DNA is looped. The spools both protect and control access to the DNA itself.

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