Jun 6, 2021, 9:05 PM EDT
While it’s not exactly the advent of human-insect hybrids buzzing about your summer picnics anytime soon, scientists have unveiled details regarding experiments that discovered a method by which human and mosquito DNA, both structured differently from each other, could be morphed into opposite arrangements.
Biologist Claire Hoencamp from the University of Amsterdam and Baylor University geneticist Olga Dudchenkoof, initially acting independently, identified two vital aspects about genomic structure.
First was the idea that a number of species, including mosquitoes, exhibited loosely folded chromosomes, and the DNA arrangement of other species such as humans were wound tightly. Second, they concluded that the protein known as condensin II was the culprit behind the differences in every case they investigated.
The pair’s collaborative findings were published last week in the online journal Science.