Pathways through Networks of Branched DNA

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Science  28 Aug 1970:
Vol. 169, Issue 3948, pp. 882-883
DOI: 10.1126/science.169.3948.882


Differentiation may be controlled by forks in DNA each having a replicatable protein "switch," stable in either a "left" or a "right" configuration, which determines the path through the DNA network taken by RNA polymerases during transcription. The possibility for dedifferentiation exists, but differentiation could be made irreversible by the exertion of a similar control over parts of the paths through the network taken by DNA polymerases. The concept of bistable switches at DNA branch points can be used to account for antibody variability.

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