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"Desperation DNA" synthesis could explain genetic mutations
September 11, 2013
Researchers have discovered the details of how cells repair breaks in both strands of their DNA, a potentially devastating kind of DNA damage. The latest research reveals a mode of replication that can operate in non-dividing cells--the state of most of the body's cells--making this kind of replication a potential route for cancer formation.
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science
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