Fractal Globule

credit Miriam Huntley (Harvard University), Erez Lieberman Aiden (Harvard University Society of Fellows, Broad Institute Visiting Scientist)
Experimental evidence suggests that the human genome may bundle into these unknotted fractal globules. 

This long polymer folded into a ‘fractal globule’ is extraordinarily dense, but completely unknotted. Experimental evidence indicates that the human genome may fold into fractal globules. This structure keeps genetic information compact, yet highly accessible. 

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