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Chromosome dynamics

Dancing chromosomes

In human cells, the genetic material is packaged into 23 different DNA molecules, the chromosomes. Each chromosome is present in two copies, one…

By Mehdi Khadraoui

Picture of the week

Structural biology image of the condensin complex.

Intact chromosomes during cell division

The mystery of how condensin maintains the integrity of the genome during cell…

By Patrick Mueller

Science

Melina Schuh has received an EMBO Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe.

Melina Schuh receives EMBO Gold Medal

EMBL alumna Melina Schuh recognised for excellence in…

By Guest author(s)

Alumni

As a cell prepares to divide, the chromosomes (shown here in pink) condense, becoming more tightly coiled and easier to observe under the microscope. The faint structure in the centre is a cell nucleus in which the chromosomes are in their usual decondensed state.

Exploring genetic variation

EMBL group leader Jan Korbel reflects on his scientific origins and current…

By Edward Dadswell

Science

A condensin protein complex creates a loop in DNA. IMAGE: Cees Dekker Lab TU Delft/Scixel

Loops, loops and loops: how DNA gets organised

Researchers from Delft University and EMBL crack the mystery of condensin’s neat DNA loop…

By Iris Kruijen

Science

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