Condensing Chromosomes: Cell Division in Progress

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Emanuel Kreidl, Hemann Laboratory and Jan-Michael Peters Lab, IMP Vienna

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In this image, the chromosomes of a mouse have condensed in the nucleus of the cells which has not yet broken down. Soon they will assemble next to one another to be equally distributed. It’s essential for a cell to maintain the correct number of chromosome through each division. Otherwise, diseases like cancer can occur. [We are] determining how inactivating certain proteins involved in the cell cycle would influence the equal separation of chromosomes.