Category Archives: What are they?

If someone is going to fix your car engine, shouldn’t they know how it’s put together?

Why do I keep boring everybody by droning on incessantly about our chromosome structure? Well, if someone is going to fix your car engine, shouldn’t they first know how it’s actually put together? Would you go to a mechanic that starts … Continue reading

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Can the linear chromosome model be saved?

In my last post (just below this one) I indicated that the linear chromosome model shown in textbooks may violate the second law of thermodynamics because of the sizes of DNA circles that would have to be stitched together from … Continue reading

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Tinker toys and chromosomes

When I was growing up we played with something called tinker toys. In fact, they are still available today. There were other baby toys along the way that my children played with called snap lock beads. I’m not here to … Continue reading

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How do bacteria-sized circular chromosomes pop out of human “linear” chromosomes?

Chromosomes such as we and other higher animals have are denoted in the literature as simple linear structures containing a single linear strand of DNA. Yet, somehow, circular structures as large as bacterial chromosomes can pop out of them on a moment’s … Continue reading

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How do you physically build a human being?

Do you want the long or short version? I know, on a blog that’s a pretty silly question. You want the skinniest of the skinny version…right? Ok. I will do my best to comply, using a little dose of entertainment along the … Continue reading

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How can circles within chromosomes be hiding in plain site?

c Above is a mouse L1210 cell as it appears stained with acridine orange under a fluorescent microscope. The green color is due to the high DNA content of the cell which has very little cytoplasm. The cells have been subjected … Continue reading

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If chromosomes are masses of DNA circles all stuck together, what does the sticking?

This entire blog has been about throwing out old textbook models of simple linear chromosomes and replacing them with a model of circular DNA’s all stuck together to generate a huge complex mass. This allows the genes to communicate with … Continue reading

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