[Cell-biology] Mitosis Gets Harder Thanks To New Gene Discovery
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Sun Nov 30 03:42:28 EST 2008
A biological process taught to every student studying biology has just
become a little more complicated thanks to a new discovery. Scientists
from the University of Bath have found that a protein called RASSF7 is
essential for mitosis, the process by which a cell divides in two.
In research published in the journal Molecular Biology of the Cell,
the scientists have shown that the protein is essential for building
the microtubules that allow the two halves of the cell to slide apart.
=93What makes mitosis so interesting is that it is one of the biological
processes that everyone remembers from their days at school,=94 said Dr
Andrew Chalmers from the University=92s Department of Biology &
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