March 26, 2012
Red Blood Cells get lost
The DNA in our cells is extremely important in how our cells function. It is imperative that the DNA structure is preserved to maintain the correct function in our genes. Histones, often referred to as 'building bricks', are proteins that organize DNA in their correct structure, and therefore are necessary for a functional and healthy body. After some research though, scientists at the University of Copenhagen found some interesting information about Codanin-1 with respects to the anemic disease CDAI. CDAI is when the development of red blood cells is effected, so less are present. It was concluded that mutations in Codanin-1 cause CDAI, and that these mutations negatively affect the transport of newly made histones and the order of the DNA when our cells divide. I chose this article because I am anemic and I find it interesting learning about how exactly different types of anemia are caused.