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Scientists Use Light to "Tag and Track" Genetic Processes


August 13, 2012

Stephen Levene and Massa Shoura In a new study, University of Texas at Dallas researchers outline how they used fluorescent molecules to "tag" DNA and monitor a process called DNA looping, a natural biological mechanism involved in rearranging genetic material in some types of cells. The UT Dallas "tag and track" method not only sheds light on how DNA loops form, but also might be adapted to screen drugs for effectiveness against certain viruses that shuffle genetic material, such as HIV. Full Story

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