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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The 3-D Structure of Human Genome Deciphered (Images 7 and 8)

In this image, nearby regions on a chain of DNA are indicated using similar colors. The fractal globule has a hierarchical organization; regions nearby along the chain are also nearby in 3-D.

Image 8: Discovered by Giuseppe Peano in 1890, Peano curves are one-dimensional curves that densely fill higher-dimensional space. A published 3-D map of the genome suggests that long stretches of DNA fold into Peano, curve-like structures.

A team of researchers from Harvard University, the Broad Institute of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and MIT deciphered the 3-D structure of the human genome, paving the way for new insights into genomic function and expanding our understanding of how cellular DNA folds at scales that dwarf the double helix.

The research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation. To learn more, see the story in the online Harvard Gazette the A look inside Scientists have deciphered 3-D structure of the human genome.

(Date of Image: 2009)

Credit: Leonld A. Mirny and Maxim Imakaev

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