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September 20, 2000
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In a recent issue of the journal Nature, a UC Davis research group studying the intricacies of cell division provides an overview of the current science. The insights could have applications for plants and animals to prevent or treat disorders related to cell-division defects.

Sept. 6, 2000 -- Living things grow and thrive because their cells -- the tiny building blocks of muscle, skin, branch and flower -- are constantly duplicating themselves. In that process, gene-bearing chromosomes inside each cell must separate into identical sets to form two daughter cells. A misstep in chromosome division can result in birth defects, such as Down's syndrome; developmental defects, such as misshapen leaves; or lethal diseases, such as cancer.


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