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Condensin

Atomic model of the entire condensin complex

Understanding chromosome organisation

EMBL scientists and collaborators help reveal the process by which enormous quantities of DNA are folded into cells.

By Edward Prior

Science

Reshaping our DNA

DNA is present in each cell of our body. If all the DNA from one human cell was removed and aligned in a single strand, it would in theory add up to a total length of about two metres. In order to fit into the nucleus of a cell, DNA has to be compressed by […]

By Doreen Feike

Picture of the week

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 extrusion

By Iris Kruijen

Science

Condensin loops around several strands of DNA, keeping it coiled up and easier to transport. (Artistic impression) Image credits: EMBL/ P. Riedinger

Keeping it together

As any rock-climber knows, trailing a long length of rope behind you is not easy. A dangling length of rope is unwieldy and hard to manoeuvre, and can get tangled up or stuck on an outcropping. Cells face the same problem when dragging chromosomes apart during cell division. The chromosomes are…

By Guest author(s)

Science

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