Newly Found Protein Regulates Chromosome Expression, Brown University Study
7/16/2013 8:05:25 AM
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They say a good man is hard to find. Were it not for a newly discovered protein, the X chromosome of a male fruit fly could never be found by a gene-regulating complex that male flies need to develop and survive. And that case is just one example of what the new finding means. More generally, the research provides biologists with a model of how proteins that govern gene transcription find their targets on chromosomes, a process that’s essential to healthy cell function and sometimes implicated in disease.
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