Key parts of a fruit fly’s genetic makeup have finally been decoded

Jumping genes in chromosomes may ensure DNA gets where it needs to go when cells divide


CORE STRENGTH  Researchers have decoded the genetic composition of important structures called centromeres (colored green in this illustration) in fruit flies’ chromosomes. Centromeres ensure that chromosomes are properly distributed to dividing cells. 

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