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A Tailored Pair of Genes

November 17, 2011

Nevin Young A new study explains how sequencing the genome of a model, alfalfa-like legume revealed the monumental benefits that flowed when the ancestor of legumes acquired an extra copy of every gene. The findings may help researchers genetically engineer legumes to do a better job of meeting the world's rising demand for nitrogen, the backbone of all protein and a major nutrient in fertilizers. Full Story

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