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Telepathic DNA March 3, 2009

Filed under: genetics — Radiance @ 8:37 AM

Another of my short and spontaneous posts….. but this story is so interesting, it HAD TO go on my blog right now. This is not a very latest piece of research but somehow it has come to my attention only now. In an article published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B,
Scientists are reporting evidence that intact, double-stranded DNA has the “amazing” ability to recognize similarities in other DNA strands from a distance. And then like friends with similar interests, the bits of genetic material hangout or congregate together. The recognition — of similar sequences in DNA’s chemical subunits — occurs in a way once regarded as impossible, the researchers suggest.

The observation is, however, experimental evidence of a theoretical hypothesis put forth by the same group of scientists. They also suggest a possible mechanism for the process in their article.
For those interested, the details of the article are as follows,
Title: DNA Double Helices Recognize Mutual Sequence Homology in a Protein Free Environment
Authors: Geoff S. Baldwin, Nicholas J. Brooks, Rebecca E. Robson, Aaron Wynveen, Arach Goldar, Sergey Leikin, John M. Seddon, and Alexei A. Kornyshev
Journal: . Phys. Chem. B, 2008, 112 (4), pp 1060–1064

2 Responses to “Telepathic DNA”

  1. Michael Mark Says:

    Very cool stuff. Reminds me of these areas of research as well:

    I wonder if this type of resonance recognition research will reach a critical mass one day…?

    • Radiance Says:

      Thanks for sharing the link, Michael. Every branch of research comes of age sooner or later. I’m sure this one will too. But when, only time will tell.

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