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"Twin Sister" Mechanism Prevents Formation Of Genetic Mutations

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October 25, 2002
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Weizmann Institute
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Twenty thousand hits per day -- that's the average dose of damage sustained by the genes within each cell of our body. How are innumerable mutations avoided? In a study published in the October issue of Molecular Cell, Weizmann Institute researchers have proved the existence of a vital repair mechanism used by cells to correct this damage and showed that it is responsible for about 85% of what are termed "last-resort" repairs.

Rehovot, Israel -- October 24, 2002 -- Twenty thousand hits per day -- that's the average dose of damage sustained by the genes within each cell of our body. How are innumerable mutations avoided? In a study published in the October issue of Molecular Cell, Weizmann Institute researchers have proved the existence of a vital repair mechanism used by cells to correct this damage and showed that it is responsible for about 85% of what are termed "last-resort" repairs.


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