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Scientists Produce The Script For Life

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October 25, 2002
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Whitehead Institute For Biomedical Research
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Imagine popping a movie into the VCR or DVD player and watching a list of credits for two hours--no movie, no plot, no dialogue--just the cast. That's the problem facing contemporary biology. The human genome project has provided researchers with a growing list of genes--basically a cast of thousands of characters, running life inside the cell. But the key to understanding life, both in health and sickness, is the script that outlines how these cellular players interact, communicate, and cue each other. In healthy cells, genes and the proteins they produce interact harmoniously to carry out vital life functions. When signals are botched and genes miss their cues, the result is disease.

Imagine popping a movie into the VCR or DVD player and watching a list of credits for two hours--no movie, no plot, no dialogue--just the cast. That's the problem facing contemporary biology. The human genome project has provided researchers with a growing list of genes--basically a cast of thousands of characters, running life inside the cell. But the key to understanding life, both in health and sickness, is the script that outlines how these cellular players interact, communicate, and cue each other. In healthy cells, genes and the proteins they produce interact harmoniously to carry out vital life functions. When signals are botched and genes miss their cues, the result is disease.


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