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Computational and Systems Approaches to Cancer

Computational and Systems Approaches to Cancer

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Fundamentals of Cancer Research. Early on in his lecture, Michael Yaffe serves up an amazing fact: If the distance between each DNA base pair were one foot apart, then each time a cell divided, it would have to copy 568 thousand miles of DNA. This, says Yaffe, is enough to go around the circumference of the earth more than 22 times. What's more, the cell has to copy its DNA with no errors. "I don't know (if) civil engineers ... could make 10 miles of road without making single error," says Yaffe. In the 12 hours a cell takes to copy its DNA to create two daughter cells, "it goes to great pains to make sure everything is done correctly. It initiates checkpoints, like border crossings." Because everyday life exposes DNA to all kinds of damage,... Show More

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