Raising The Alarm When DNA Goes Bad: 'Rapid Response Team' Monitors And Quickly Responds To DNA Damage

Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 03:28 in Biology & Nature

Scientists have known for a long time that when DNA is damaged, a key enzyme sets off a cellular "alarm bell" to alert the cell to start the repair process, but until recently little was known about how the cell detects and responds to this alarm. In a new study, researchers have identified a whole family of proteins capable of a direct response to the alarm signal.

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