Location Matters for Genes

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Location matters for genes, according to a report in New Scientist, p12, 15 September 2001. At a meeting of the British Association Wendy Bickmore explained that our genes are organised so that the most active genes are in the centre of the nucleus and the less active parts of the genome arranged around the outside. This organisation within the nucleus could explain why some genetic diseases are caused by genes being shifted within the genome rather than having their code letters changed. Experiments on fruit flies and yeast cells have shown that genes can be shut down by moving them out of the active centre.

Editorial Comment: Anyone who has been involved in cataloguing and storing books, maps or other documents knows that intelligent design and forward planning is needed to store information in a way that it can be protected but accessible when needed. Organisation of the genome within the nucleus is further evidence of the work of an intelligent creator.

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