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Transcription factor complexed with DNA. Computer model showing the Max (MYC associated factor X) transcription factor (green, centre and right, horizontal) attached to a DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) strand (pink, left, vertical). Transcription factors are proteins that bind to specific sequences of DNA and control the transcription (transfer) of genetic information from DNA to RNA (ribonucleic acid). Max is the central component of the Myc/Max/Mad network of transcription factors that regulate growth, cell differentiation and apoptosis (programmed cell death).
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