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DNA and Fractional Dimension

Japanese scientists recently made a breakthrough in the study of DNA movement through living cells.  They applied mathematical analysis and derived a formula that not only describes the DNA movement through living cells but may lead to other significant discoveries such as the revelation of the 3D architecture of the human genome.  You can read more about the discovery at the following link:  Mathematical Analysis Reveals Architecture of the Human Genome

As I read the article, I saw the words fractional dimension and immediately perked up.  I first heard about fractional dimension when I started to learn about fractals, and I love fractals!  If you would like to learn about fractional dimension, check out this video.

Fractional Dimension

As the scientists study how densely DNA is packed in a cell, they take into consideration the DNA’s fractal dimension.  They believe that the fractal dimension will lead to an understanding of how cells use certain genes.  Stay tuned for their next discovery!

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