Posts byBSR Web Team

Toolbox: A drop in the chaotic soup

Phase separation sounds complicated but is a familiar idea. Think of oil and vinegar. When a dissolved substance has stronger interactions with itself than with its environment, nature favors a separation of the two into different phases, producing the familiar droplets we enjoy on our greens. The same thing happens within a cell: when certain molecules
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Historical DNA is bound to repeat itself

Let’s dive into our genomes. Each of us carries 2 meters of DNA in every cell, which in turn carries the information that makes us all unique. However, some regions in the genome are extremely tricky to navigate and decipher. These regions contain many genetic repeats, which confuse current DNA sequence analysis technologies, making them
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Staff Listing, Spring 2019

Editor in Chief Katie Deets Editors Maya Emmons-Bell Tim Jeffers Ankit Kumar Nanticha Lutt Dat Mai Hayley McCausland Anna Waldo Copy Editors April Myers Emma Regan Managing Editor Hayley McCausland Art Director Nicole Repina Designers Mohini Bariya Emily Gonthier Dana Goodacre Gautam Gunjala Tim Jeffers Mackenzie Kirchner-Smith Liz Lawler Alexandra Ramsey Nicole Repina Matthew Stefely
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Staff Listing, Fall 2017

Editor in Chief Emily Hartman Editors Katie Deets Nicole Haloupek Chris Holdgraf Tim Jeffers Dat Mai Hayley McCausland Sumayah Rahman Amanda Tose Copy Editors Zeke Barger Maiko Kitaoka Managing Editor Katie Deets Art Director Ashley Truxal Designers Cameron Baker Benjamin Obadia Nicole Repina Dennis Sun Jo Downes-Bairzin Kurtresha Worden Alexandra Ramsey Photographers Sam Kenny Christiane
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Dancing DNA and packaging protein

DNA in bacteria is constantly changing shape—it recombines, replicates, and compresses into organized structures. This remarkable plasticity would be impossible without helpers known as nucleoid associated proteins. Recently, Dr. Michal Hammel, a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, headed a study aiming to understand how DNA interacts with these nucleoid associated proteins to create tightly compressed DNA structures. The study used a technique that reveals
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