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Rutgers Researchers Seek Solutions To Mysteries Of Mutations

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August 21, 2002
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Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey
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At Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, doctoral candidate Seema Sharma and Assistant Professor Jeehiun Katherine Lee, both from the department of chemistry and chemical biology, have taken some of the mystery out of how the human body copes with mutations. They found that when some of the DNA bases become mutated, they increase in acidity. This, they discovered, could be a signal for the repair crews to come in.

NEW BRUNSWICK/PISCATAWAY, N.J. – “Change is inevitable,” as the saying goes, particularly in hereditary DNA – the long chains of precisely ordered bases that make up the genome. These changes, or mutations, occur naturally, but they can also be caused by radiation, toxic substances, chemotherapy or even sunlight. When the DNA changes, so do the genetic messages it carries.


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Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey. (2002, August 21). Rutgers Researchers Seek Solutions To Mysteries Of Mutations. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/08/020820073514.htm
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