Scientists create synthetic DNA in order to examine ‘architect’ genes

Jul 05, 2022

New Delhi, July 05 (ANI): Researchers have created artificial Hox genes which plan and direct where cells go to develop tissues or organs using new synthetic DNA technology and genomic engineering in stem cells. Their findings confirm how clusters of Hox genes help cells to learn and remember where they are in the body.Hox genes act as architects of the body. Nearly all animals from humans to birds to fish have an anterior-posterior axis, or a line that runs from head to tail. During development, Hox genes act as architects, determining the plan for where cells go along the axis, as well as what body parts they make up. Hox genes ensure that organs and tissues develop in the right place, forming the thorax or placing wings in the correct anatomical positions.