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January 21 2013

Quadruple helix DNA found in living human cells and it may be linked to cancer

The double helix DNA structure is about as iconic as its gets. But geneticists have long speculated about the potential for a quadruple helix to exist a four-stranded DNA structure. And indeed, computer models and lab experiments have suggested that it's theoretically possible.

Now, researchers working at Cambridge University have proven that quadruplexes do in fact exist in nature and they can be found right inside the cells of our bodies. Trouble is, their presence has been correlated with an increase in cellular replication a process that could be contributing to the spread of some cancers.

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