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Loop it like cohesin

Chromatin, the combination of DNA and protein that resides within our nuclei, takes on a variety of forms. These forms vary depending on the type of cell, the stage of a cell’s cycle and environmental conditions. Techniques to pinpoint regions of chromatin contacts within a nucleus have provided great insight into nuclear organisation and the […]

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Exploiting the endogenous: An ADAR way to edit RNA by only adding oligos

Genome editing, with its permanent modification of DNA, necessitates that the editing is conducted both safely and efficiently. An alternative mechanism, that could be both reversible and dose dependent in terms of percentage editing, is to edit at the RNA stage. However, this precise RNA editing faces similar safety and efficiency requirements if it is […]

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Stress eating to death: autophagy is key to tumour suppression on replicative crisis

Wondering “how I am going to afford that?”, breaking something valuable or moments before an important talk/interview are just a few moments where one can become stressed. However, stress to a cell is very different. Have you ever stressed about whether a protein was folded correctly, if there are breaks in your DNA, or whether […]

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(m)TORC-ing about circadian rhythms at the start of a New Year: a cytoplasmic role for Per2

Now whilst it’s our yearly fashion to celebrate the start of the New Year, to a circadian rhythm, New Year’s Eve is just like any other day. The circadian clock is a cellular internal oscillator that operates through feedback loops coordinating multiple physiological processes. One such activity known to oscillate is of the protein kinase […]

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On the road to success? CellTagging tracks a cell’s journey during direct reprogramming

Direct reprogramming in the context of cells, involves the conversion of one cell type into another. For example, a skin cell to a neuron. Only a handful of the large number of cell-type transitions have been tested so far, but what seems apparent is that the processis not that efficient. To improve efficiency, an understanding […]

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