How tiny rings rule the code of life


Chromosome biologist Benjamin Rowland has devoted his career to discovering the many secrets of a minuscule ring that keeps our DNA folded in such a way that it can make us tick. In recent years, this ring has revealed itself to be a central player within the cell that controls some of the most important aspects of human health, ranging from embryonic development, to cancer, to the immune system. ‘But how on earth does all of this work?’ We talked with Benjamin Rowland about the magic and value of fundamental research.

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