The contrarian dance of DNA

Posted by on April 20, 2016 3:12 pm
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A piece of DNA’s movements are often counterintuitive to those of objects in our everyday grasp. A rod of rubber, for example: bend it until its ends meet, and you can count on the elastic tension to snap it back straight when you let go. When you bend DNA into a short loop, the elastic energy more often than not wants to bend the chain further in instead of pushing it back out.

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