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"Silent" DNA Speaks Up For The First Time -- Until Now, Half Of All Genes In Certain Cells Were Thought To Be Inexpressible

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May 22, 2001
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By moderately raising the temperature of cells, biologists have broken through what was considered an impermeable barrier that kept half the genes in some cells "silent." The surprising results, in which these heated genes reached 500 times their normal rate of expression, could lead to better understanding of cellular processes involved in aging, fever and toxicity.

By moderately raising the temperature of cells, biologists have broken through what was considered an impermeable barrier that kept half the genes in some cells "silent." The surprising results, in which these heated genes reached 500 times their normal rate of expression, could lead to better understanding of cellular processes involved in aging, fever and toxicity.


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National Science Foundation. ""Silent" DNA Speaks Up For The First Time -- Until Now, Half Of All Genes In Certain Cells Were Thought To Be Inexpressible." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 May 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/05/010518082249.htm>.
National Science Foundation. (2001, May 22). "Silent" DNA Speaks Up For The First Time -- Until Now, Half Of All Genes In Certain Cells Were Thought To Be Inexpressible. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/05/010518082249.htm
National Science Foundation. ""Silent" DNA Speaks Up For The First Time -- Until Now, Half Of All Genes In Certain Cells Were Thought To Be Inexpressible." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/05/010518082249.htm (accessed April 18, 2014).

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