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Stem cell researchers at UCLA have generated the first genome-wide mapping of a DNA modification called 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) in embryonic stem cells, and discovered that it is predominantly found in genes that are turned on, or active.
According to Steven E. Jacobsen, a professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology in the Life Sciences and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, 5hmC is formed from the DNA base cytosine by adding a methyl group and then a hydroxy group. The molecule is important in epigenetics because the newly formed hydroxymethyl group on the cytosine can potentially switch a gene on and off.
The molecule 5hmC was only recently discovered, and its function has not been clearly understood, Jacobsen said. Until now, researchers didn’t know where 5hmC was located within the genome.
Google doodle has nothing on Khan Academy doodles!
In honor of Gregor Mendel’s 189th birthday.
DNA is made of four bases – A (adenine), T (thymine), C (cytosine) and G (guanine). Or is it? Researchers at Freie Universität Berlin have created an artificial base and directed the evolution of a bacterium to generate an organism that uses the new base, 5-chlorouracil, instead of thymine. The results were published in Angewandte Chemie – International Edition.
The molecule 5-chlorouracil is normally toxic. The researchers genetically engineered Escherichia coli, making them unable to synthesize thymine, and then cultured them on increasing concentrations of 5-chlorouracil, maintaining selection pressure. After around one thousand generations, the bacteria had randomly mutated and were incorporating around 90% 5-chlorouracil into their DNA.
Following on from the creation of a cell using a synthetic genome, this could make the idea of completely synthetic organosma a step closer. These could be designed to generate high value products such as biofuels, chemicals or pharmaceuticals.
Thanks to Suzanne Elvidge @pharmawrite for this guest blog.