Scientists of the Institute for Functional and Genomic Biology identify a new level of information in the sequence of DNA

The study opens up new lines of research for the manipulation of genetic sequences among organisms of different species.

“We have discovered the secret of life!”, announced James Watson and Francis Crick from a pub in Cambridge in 1953. The secret in question was DNA, the hereditary cell structure in charge of holding the genetic information necessary to create a living being similar to its parents.

Since DNA was discovered, countless works have focused on explaining the functioning of the genetic code, among which are many of the research studies carried out by scientists at the  Institute for Genomic and Functional Biology (IBFG, a joint centre of the University of Salamanca and the CSIC).

More specifically, in the laboratory of the Functional Organization of the Eukaryotic Genome , a research group directed by Francisco Antequera, a research professor of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), in collaboration with Luis Quintales, Chair of Informatics Languages and Systems at USAL, has just identified “a new level of information in the DNA sequence”, as reported by those responsible to the Press Office of the University of Salamanca.

The finding was recently published in the prestigious science journal   Genome Research, which usually makes a monthly selection of the only some ten articles for global dissemination.

Francisco Antequera and Luis Quintales, responsible for the research published in “Genome Research”. Photo: Sergio Manzano

More information: Comunicación Universidad de Salamanca

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