The DNA in cells is packed into the cell’s nucleus. But the DNA isn’t just “thrown in there”, it’s organized in a way that can impact how it is read (transcribed) and repaired. In the context of this website, Dynamic DNA refers to how cells organize their genomes (a genome is the entirety of the DNA in a cell) and where, when and how that organization changes. As used here, Dynamic DNA also refers to how an organism’s genome changes, both naturally and through the application of biotechnology.
This website highlights my research into genome organization and my teaching pursuits in the classroom and as a mentor in the lab. Please also take a look at the blog which is directed at non-biologists with the goal of explaining the science behind timely topics of general interest – for example genetically engineered crops and gene therapy – along with a straight forward explanation of some of the basic biology needed to fully understand these concepts (e.g. what is a gene). I can be contacted at <dan.strongin (at) dynamicdna (dot) org> and I also welcome suggestions for blog topics.