Illustration of DNA Folding During Cell Division (image) University of Edinburgh Share Print E-Mail Caption When a cells divides, strands of genetic material are folded to form a series of compacted loops, which project out from a helix-shaped axis, like steps on a spiral staircase. Smaller loops pinched within the larger coils. Credit University of Edinburgh Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.