‘DNA spellchecker’ means that genes aren’t all equally likely to mutate

23 febrero 2015

A study that examined 17 million mutations in the genomes of 650 cancer patients concludes that large differences in mutation rates across the human genome are caused by the DNA repair machinery. ‘DNA spellchecker’ is preferentially directed towards more important parts of chromosomes that contain key genes. The study illustrates how data from medical sequencing projects can answer basic questions about how cells work.