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Two chromosomes swirl inside a living human cell, on their way to align with other chromosomes. DNA appears in magenta and the large protein complexes involved in chromosome folding are in cyan.

Bioinformatics 2: Genes surprise researchers

It has been shown that the functions of genes are far more complicated than the researchers first thought. Now we know that a function does not necessarily come from a single gene, but can be a combination of many genes. Even if you have serious genetic defects, they can be eliminated by special genes which protect the body's cells so that the defect does not matter.

Science journalist Jens Degett from Science Stories talks to Professor Søren Brunak from the University of Copenhagen in this second of three programs that deal with bioinformatics and systems biology.

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Science Stories is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.