A DNA string. The genomic revolution is upon us.
The discovery made by three Nobel Prize winning chemists is one of biology's most important safeguards against imperfection in DNA.
You’d be in bad shape if your cells couldn’t fix DNA issues that arise.
Cells must repair the thousands of bits of DNA damage they incur every day. These cellular mechanisms fend off cancerous tumors, and cancer researchers are working to harness their power.
Tomas Lindahl, pictured here in the lab, along with Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar, received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
The recipients of this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry showed that DNA is far from static. Rather, it is bombarded by damaging forces, but our bodies know how to repair these precious strands.
At the Nobel Chemistry Prize announcement.
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Without natural DNA repair processes we wouldn't be here. This year's Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry helped us crack how it all works.