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Tech & Science We're Getting A DNA Emoji, But It's Twisted The Wrong Way

02:21  17 february  2018
02:21  17 february  2018 Source:   gizmodo.com.au

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The DNA is twisted the wrong way . Like people, DNA can be both right- and left-handed. Emoji 11.0 will likely roll out sometime in the fall. And hopefully, when it does, that double helix will be twisting the right way .

This month the Unicode Consortium, the strange and little-known organization that decides which new emoji appear in our lives, announced some good news for science: Among the 157 new emoji being added to the emoji keyboard in 2018 is a DNA double helix.

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This month the Unicode Consortium, the strange and little-known organisation that decides which new emoji appear in our lives, announced some good news for science: Among the 157 new emoji being added to the emoji keyboard in 2018 is a DNA double helix.

It's kind of cute.

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There's just one problem. The DNA is twisted the wrong way. Like people, DNA can be both right- and left-handed. Also like people, right-handed DNA is much more common. Left-handed DNA is known as "Z-DNA"; the rungs on its ladder structure lean to the left. The biological function of Z-DNA is still not fully understood. (The more common DNA structure is "B-DNA", though "A-DNA" is also a thing.) Z-DNA is rare - much rarer than left-handed people.

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Twisting the strands of DNA the wrong way in an image an easy mistake to make and it happens all the time. But when it does, it drives the scientific community crazy.

On Twitter, the reaction to the Unicode Consortium's left-handed DNA sketch was strong.

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This month the Unicode Consortium, the strange and little-known organization that decides which new emoji appear in our lives, announced some good news for science: Among the 157 new emoji being added to the emoji keyboard in 2018 is a DNA double helix.

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