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"Desperation DNA" synthesis could explain genetic mutations


September 11, 2013

Anna Malkova (middle) and graduate students 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. Full Story

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