"Telepathic" DNA Stumps Scientists
DNA has the incredible ability to recognize and move toward similar strands from a distance seemingly with no aid from molecules or chemicals-- a feat that most contemporary thinking would have deemed impossible.
When placed in water that contained no proteins or other material that might skew the results, DNA strands with identical nucleotide sequences were twice as likely to congregate together than strands with different sequences.
No one is quite sure yet how the DNA strands are communicating, but if we can catch a glimpse into the mechanisms behind this strange behavior, we might be able to use that understanding to advance medical science.
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