Tag Archives: genome

New Type of Extra Chromosomal DNA Discovered

9 Mar

A team of scientists from the University of Virginia and University of North Carolina in the US have discovered a previously unidentified type of small circular DNA molecule occurring outside the chromosomes in mouse and human cells. The circular DNA is 200-400 base pairs in length and consists of non-repeating sequences. The new type of extra-chromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA) has been dubbed microDNA. Unlike other forms of eccDNA, in microDNA the sequences of base pairs are non-repetitive and are usually found associated with particular genes. This suggests they may be produced by micro-deletions of small sections of the chromosomal DNA.
(via PhysOrg)

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Itty Bitty DNA Sequencer

2 Mar

A tiny DNA sequencer the size of a flash drive? For only $900? Yes please.

 

 The MiniON has been used successfully to read the genome of the lambda bacteriophage, which is about 48500 base pairs in length. Pretty impressive, little guy. I love the thought of having lab equipment I can carry around in my purse at all times. You never know when a science moment will occur, and you want to be ready! Like some super awesome superhero of science!