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Update: Chromosomes Are Shaped Less Like X's, More Like O's
theatlantic.com ^ | Sep 26 2013, 3:22 PM ET | Megan Garber

Posted on 09/27/2013 8:44:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin

The images reveal chromosomes that are not at all X-shaped. In fact, they're pretty much the opposite: They're spheroid. Their DNA strands seem to arrange themselves, most of the time, into loose little blobs of genetic material.

So why the X-shape that has become so familiar? Because chromosomes do take that form -- during cell division. As Peter Fraser, one of the project's researchers, explains it, "This microscopic portrait of a chromosome actually shows a structure that occurs only transiently in cells – at a point when they are just about to divide." So it's not that the X-based images of the chromosomes have been wrong; it's that they've been incomplete. Sometimes, it's X's; most often, however, it's O's. In life's grand game of tic-tac-toe, the O's have totally won.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble

1 posted on 09/27/2013 8:44:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Yes! O for Obama because he is The One!


2 posted on 09/27/2013 8:54:00 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: BenLurkin

And this effects me how?


3 posted on 09/27/2013 8:57:09 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

Your chromosomes are what effects your existence.


4 posted on 09/27/2013 9:03:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Considering that I already exist, I will reiterate, how does this information effect me.


5 posted on 09/27/2013 9:05:42 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

Perhaps you mean to ask how it affects you?


6 posted on 09/27/2013 9:06:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

TTIUWOP.


7 posted on 09/27/2013 9:07:17 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

Loco y Chromo.


8 posted on 09/27/2013 9:10:34 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

Mayhap ... Whether the chromosome is shaped as an X or an O, effects me how?


9 posted on 09/27/2013 9:14:35 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Paladin2
They say these are chromosomes...

But I think its false color spaghettios.

10 posted on 09/27/2013 9:21:12 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

What about the Y’s??


11 posted on 09/27/2013 9:21:32 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: doc1019

You win.


12 posted on 09/27/2013 9:21:37 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: GeronL

Good question.


13 posted on 09/27/2013 9:22:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

I win what? My question has yet to be answered.


14 posted on 09/27/2013 9:25:58 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: BenLurkin

I saw that. I was thinking that maybe they were more like a hollow sphere with all of their interaction areas readily available on the surface.


15 posted on 09/27/2013 9:35:37 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: doc1019

Because spelling is genetic.


16 posted on 09/27/2013 9:38:53 PM PDT by warpsmith (Wake Me in 2016)
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To: warpsmith

?


17 posted on 09/27/2013 9:40:12 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

What shape are Y chromosomes ?


18 posted on 09/27/2013 10:00:13 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: UCANSEE2
Maybe they are shaped like:

왜?

(Wae) pronounced "way'... means "why?"

just a thought

19 posted on 09/27/2013 10:05:23 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: UCANSEE2

Yes.


20 posted on 09/27/2013 10:06:51 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

I’m not a man of science, but I’ve read a few things about chromosomes recently. These facts may explain some of what we have to gain by such a study. Chromosomes are made up of DNA. DNA is a molecule that encodes the GENETIC INSTRUCTIONS used in the development and functioning of all known organisms and many viruses. DNA is a nucleic acid fused with proteins and carbohydrates.

Knowing how to recognize a wider variety of chromosomes may lead to breakthroughs in genetic therapies, or an earlier identification of diseases passed through the genes. You could say our glossary of possible chromosome shapes, sizes and colors has now been increased.
Some gene therapies are already in common use, by way of a vector, carrier or virus. Gene therapy may eventually help HEMOPHILLIACS to manufacture their own clotting factor, This would remove or lessen their need to have weekly infusions.


21 posted on 09/27/2013 10:17:37 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Thank you for your input. However, my original question still goes unanswered ... why would I care whether a chromosome is Y shaped or O shaped?


22 posted on 09/27/2013 10:32:23 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

Ha Ha , I give up, (for now). But it was fun trying. I gave myself a reason to study science for a few minutes.
I wouldn’t have wanted to try selling you any of those $2000. Kirby Vaccuum Cleaners back when Door to Door was common.


23 posted on 09/27/2013 10:51:07 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: doc1019

It’s just a correction in what they thought. Doesn’t change you, just what they thought about you. I love genetics. Sooo wonderful and technically designed. The best part is that there is so much more to learn!


24 posted on 09/27/2013 10:55:06 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: BenLurkin
Yet I can't get over the creepy-crawly sensation that this story is soon to be followed by a story about how the 'X' and 'Y' shapes of chromosome pair #23 are, like 'XX' chromosome pairs of the 22 pairs of autosomes, actually shaped like 'O's most of their useful lifetimes, which leads to the inevitable conclusion that our sexual nature is much more amorphous than we were led to believe in the past, and that most of us are really not fully male or female most of the time and pass through many different gender identities just as our chromosomes do ...

Well, you know the rest. Soon to be a great new "family show" on CBS.

25 posted on 09/27/2013 11:26:32 PM PDT by FredZarguna (With bell, book, and candle, please.)
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To: doc1019

It makes you more well-rounded?


26 posted on 09/28/2013 1:00:00 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: BenLurkin; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

Thanks BenLurkin.

27 posted on 09/28/2013 2:00:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: BenLurkin
Molecular Visualizations of DNA
28 posted on 09/28/2013 5:03:52 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: BwanaNdege
BTW, all this "just happened after the Primordial Soup had simmered a bit, with a few lightening bolts thrown in now & then".

Not according to Hoyle

29 posted on 09/28/2013 5:13:06 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: doc1019

It “affects” you.


30 posted on 09/28/2013 5:34:03 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: doc1019
"Hey babe, can I buy you a drink?"


31 posted on 09/28/2013 8:47:24 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
O for Obama because he is The One!

...loose little blob of genetic material.

32 posted on 09/28/2013 8:52:34 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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