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Press Release 13-112
Bacterial DNA May Integrate Into Human Genome More Readily in Tumor Tissue

Gene transfer may play role in cancer, other diseases linked with DNA damage

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A drawing depicting a DNA molecule unwinding from a chromosome inside the nucleus of a cell.

A drawing depicting a DNA molecule unwinding from a chromosome inside the nucleus of a cell.

Credit: The Cancer Genome Atlas


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Illustration of 3-D structure of the human genome, in a stretch of DNA inside a fractal globule.

The 3-D structure of the human genome is shown in a stretch of DNA inside a fractal globule.

Credit: X. Robert Bao, Leonid A. Mimy and Maxim Imakaev


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Illustration of DNA showing 4 bases: adenine; cytosine; guanine; thymine. Also major/minor groove.

DNA showing four bases: adenine; cytosine; guanine; thymine. Also major/minor groove.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons


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illustration Structure of a DNA section: the bases lie horizontally between the 2 spiraling strands

Structure of a section of DNA; the bases lie horizontally between the two spiraling strands.

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Human Genome Project logo

Scientists used data available from the Human Genome Project and others in their study.

Credit: Human Genome Project


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