NIHcancer A chromosome translocation visualized by breaks marked with differently colored fluorescent proteins (green, red). DNA is stained cyan. (Photo courtesy NIH)For the first time, scientists have directly seen events that lead to the formation of a chromosome abnormality that is often found in cancer cells.

The abnormality, called a translocation, occurs when part of a chromosome breaks off and becomes attached to another chromosome.

The results of this study, conducted by scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, appeared August 9, in the journal Science.

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