Your Cells Are Packed With Miles Of DNA

Your Cells Are Packed With Miles Of DNA

DNA is tightly packaged inside the nuclei of our cells. According to the book "Molecular Biology of the Cell," fitting DNA inside the nucleus of a human cell is comparable to fitting 40 km (24 mi) of fine thread inside a tennis ball! The DNA is folded into coils by proteins that keep it from becoming too tangled, while also leaving access points open for crucial enzymes.

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