EXO5 - What did it mean?
I've never been all that interested in the storyline/investigation aspect of Ingress, but there is one particular thing that I've wondered for over two years: Why was EXO5 chosen as the name of an anomaly series? What was the meaning behind that name?
The only hint I ever found: EXO5 is a gene.
The function of the EXO5 gene according to https://genecards.weizmann.ac.il/v3/cgi-bin/carddisp.pl?gene=EXO5 :
Single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) bidirectional exonuclease involved in DNA repair. Probably involved in DNA repair following ultraviolet (UV) irradiation and interstrand cross-links (ICLs) damage.
The anomaly series was given the name of a gene that heals DNA damage after either:
- exposure to ultraviolet light irradiation - which can cause genetic mutations
- accidental connection between DNA strands - which will lead to cell de ath