Question: would your work benefit working with a DNA specialist who would have the knowledge and understanding of an A-Z of what makes things the way they are?

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  1. I do work with a DNA specialist 🙂 My supervisor! He has a lot more knowledge and experience than me and is a really good resource to help with my project.

    The thing with DNA is that we don’t understand everything about it. In 1953 Watson and Crick (with a big help from Rosalind Franklin) were able to discover the structure of DNA, but that was only the beginning. Knowing the structure didn’t tell us how it worked or where the genes are. Over the last 60 years we have figured a lot of that out, but along the way we discovered epigenetics. Epigenetics is all the chemical modification to DNA and the protein DNA is packaged around, without changing its sequence. We are still trying to understand how all the epigenetic modifications work and how all the regulatory elements in our DNA control our genes. Thats where my work comes in.

    It’s great I have my supervisor and all his expertise helping me, that there is still things everyone doesn;t know about DNA that I’m trying to help answer 🙂