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DNA research is big science

The process by which genes are duplicated is mysterious and complex. The process requires a cast of characters with diverse talents and the ability to play well with others in extremely close quarters. And it requires an enzyme called a helicase.

A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Yale and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have shed new light on how the Hepatis C helicase helps replicate nucleotide in DNA.

Assistant professor of bioengineering Su-A Myong and Taekjip Ha, professor in IGB, led a team that discovered the mechanism by which the hepatitis C helicase unwinds DNA and RNA for replication.

The Urbana-Champaign campus has a long history of collaborative research, both between campus colleges and with colleagues at colleges, universities, agencies and institutes around the globe.

The College of Engineering at Illinois is among the world's most prestigious and largest engineering institutions, with undergraduate and graduate programs rated among the top five nationally. The breadth and scope of research activities are enormous — over $160 million funding more than 1,900 projects by some 650 researchers and thousands of graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to long-standing leadership in traditional engineering specialties, they are pioneering new areas such as nanotechnology, bioengineering, trusted computer systems and novel materials.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a recognized leader in teaching and scholarship and is known as an institution that creates knowledge and advances understanding.

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