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Bread Mold May Hold Secret to Eliminating Disease-causing Genes
May 8, 2008
A University of Missouri scientist, along with a collaborative research team, has examined a new mechanism in the reproductive cycle of a certain species of mold. This mechanism protects the organism from genetic abnormalities by "silencing" unmatched genes during meiosis (sexual reproduction). The finding could have implications for higher organisms, and may lead to precise "targeting" of unwanted genes, such as those from the HIV virus.
University of Missouri-Columbia
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