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Scientists Unveil New Tool To Understand Evolution of Multi-Domain Genes

May 15, 2008

Dannie Durand Carnegie Mellon scientists have discovered critical flaws in the standard method used to analyze gene evolution. Standard methods fail when applied to genes that encode multi-domain proteins, an important class of proteins crucial to human health. Computational biologist Dannie Durand and colleagues have for the first time, tackled the dilemma of how to study the ancestry of multi-domain genes. Full Story

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