• Kirk Hartley

A Molecular Version of the Knee Bone is Connected to the Thigh Bone –

Assume some "toxic" event causes the deletion of a gene. Does anything else happen? New research suggests that deletion of gene #1 is likely to cause a second, "paired" change in gene # 2. Often, but not always, the paired change appears in the same spot in gene # 2. So says a new research paper published in Molecular Cell to summarize research across thousands of strains of yeast cells that are proven as good (not perfect) starting points for understanding happenings in human biosystems. .

A take away for lawyers? Concrete identification of paired genetic changes could take researchers further down the path of fingerprinting the source of a disease.


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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”


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