Researchers Discover 'Quadruple Helix' DNA in Human Cells

Researchers Discover 'Quadruple Helix' DNA in Human Cells

A recent research has nailed down four-stranded DNA in human cells. Though double helix is known to be present, it is for the first time that "quadruple helix" has been found in the human cells, as per authors in the journal Nature Chemistry.

"We need to prove that; but if that is the case, targeting them with synthetic molecules could be an interesting way of selectively targeting those cells that have this dysfunction", said Prof Shankar Balasubramanian from Cambridge's department of chemistry, while claiming that there are chances that a lot would be done to come out with newer ways to fight against diseases like cancer.

It was some 60 years back that the double helix was found by James Watson and Francis Crick in their Cambridge laboratory, and till now the complexities behind the DNA stricture are being worked out.

Financially backed by Cancer Research UK, the research is believed to be the result of last 10 years of rigorous work, which was apparently started with as hypothetical computer models and now has culminated to the four stranded DNA named "G-quadruplexes" in vivo. It has also been found in the research led by Giulia Biffi at the Cambridge Research Institute that quadruplexes are most likely to exist in genes of cells which are quickly divisible.


FrenchTribune Specials

IPCC’s Projected Sea Level Rise may already be outdated, says NASA

As per NASA, the projections made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on a rise in global sea levels of 1 to 3 feet have already become a thing of past. Experts said that humans are locked into at least 3 feet of sea level rise and even more is also possible.

Steven Nerem of the University of Colorado said that most of the...

Most Popular

Air Pollution Causes an Estimated 1.6 Million Deaths in China Every Year

A recent study published in Nature Geoscience revealed...

A Baby Planet has been discovered in another Solar System

According to reports, astronomers have captured an image...

Nasa's Curiosity rover takes a 360 degree selfie on MARS

The Curiosity rover, sent by American space agency NASA...

Rare dinosaur footprints found in Lower Saxony in Germany

A team of scientists from Germany have found a long...

Poll

Can Greece Come out of Economic Problems: