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First 3-D Image of a Genome
UC San Diego researchers have shown for the first time how a genome - the most essential part of the cell for storing and accessing genetic information - is organized in three-dimensional space. This 3D rendering is an immunoglobulin locus in B cells, showing the relative positions of various portions of immunoglobulin genes. The grey band indicates constant regions; blue defines proximal variable regions; and green are distal variable regions. The red band indicates the linker connecting the proximal variable and joining regions. Research was conducted by Cornelis Murre, professor of biology at UC San Diego; and Steve Cutchin, senior scientist for visualization services at (SDSC). The image was developed by Amit Chourasia of SDSC. Results are published in the April 18 issue of the journal Cell.
Credit: C. Murre, UC San Diego; S. Cutchin, A. Chourasia SDSC/UC San Diego
Source: San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego
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