Variety In The Splice Of Life: Chromosome Breaks Are Surprisingly Complex

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 21:28 in Biology & Nature

When chromosomes break, trouble usually ensues; chromosome abnormalities are the single biggest cause of birth defects in humans. But a new study of translocations, in which two chromosomes swap segments of DNA, shows that the chromosomes can splice the pieces together in a variety of ways with no ill effects.

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