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Suspending and imaging single DNA molecules

From Cornell University by Anne Ju:

“Studying chemical modifications in the chromosomes of cells is akin to searching for changes in coiled spaghetti. Scientists at Cornell have figured out how to stretch out tangled strands of DNA from chromosomes, line them up and tag them to reflect different levels of modification — which could lead to insights into how these chemical processes affect human health.

Researchers in the lab of Harold Craighead, the Charles W. Lake Professor of Engineering, used advanced nanofabrication techniques to make it easier to see how single molecules of DNA subtly change during a chemical process called methylation. A better understanding of this process could lead to further study into genetic machinery of numerous diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and cancer.”

Provided by the Craighead group.
Fluorescence micrographs of elongated DNA molecules are shown here.The first row is nonmethylated DNA; the second is methylated DNA; and the third is a mixture of both. The first and second columns are images taken at different wavelengths. The third column is a composite false-color overlay of the first two columns.

Read the fill article here and the manuscript can be found in Analytical Chemistry.

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