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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
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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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