News tagged with immunobiology

Illuminating the dark side of the genome

Almost 50 percent of our genome is made up of highly repetitive DNA, which makes it very difficult to be analysed. In fact, repeats are discarded in most genome-wide studies and thus, insights into this part of the genome ...

dateJul 29, 2014 in Cell & Microbiology
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Making and breaking heterochromatin

To fit the two-meter long DNA molecule into a cell nucleus that is only a few thousandths of a millimetre in size, long sections of the DNA must be strongly compacted. Epigenetic marks maintain these sections, known as heterochromatin. ...

dateSep 25, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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New nerve cells -- even in old age

After birth the brain looses many nerve cells and this continues throughout life - most neurons are formed before birth, after which many excess neurons degenerate. However, there are some cells that are still capable of ...

dateMay 06, 2010 in Biotechnology
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