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Protein That Triggers Plant Cell Division Revealed by Researchers
June 12, 2009
Stanford University biologists have found a plant protein that appears to play a key role in asymmetric cell division. The presence of the protein, called BASL, is vital to such division. In plant cells where it was absent, the cells did not divide. "This is crucial information if we really want to understand plants' unique ways of making the different types of cells in their bodies," said Dominique Bergmann, an assistant professor of biology.
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