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Undergraduate research highlighted in DNA and Cell Biology Journal
Date:9/16/2010

chromosome replication has taken place. The authors identified a novel protein coded for by the gene of interest.

Exploring the regulation of telomerase, a protein that maintains the integrity of the ends of mammalian chromosomes and is typically silenced in normal human cells but reactivated in 90% of cancers, Diana Tran and coauthors from Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, CA), identified a gene region that is highly conserved among mammalian species and may play an important role in regulating telomerase activity.

Irene Cho and colleagues from University of Maryland Baltimore County and University of Alabama at Birmingham studied the effects of variation in the fruit fly S6 kinase genewhich appears to regulate fat storageon the metabolism, fitness, and immune system health, and life span of Drosophila.


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