Histones from NHGRI

This is an image of histones from National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Chromosomes are thread-like structures located inside the nucleus of animal and plant cells. Each chromosome is made of protein and a single molecule of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). Passed from parents to offspring, DNA contains the specific instructions that make each type of living creature unique. The term chromosome comes from the Greek words for color (chroma) and body (soma). Scientists gave this name to chromosomes because they are cell structures, or bodies, that are strongly stained by some colorful dyes used in research. Credit: Darryl Leja and Ernesto del Aguila, NHGRI

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Source: Credit: Darryl Leja and Ernesto del Aguila, NHGRI.
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