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Research Reveals Unique Solution to Gene Regulation
August 21, 2012
Research on a unique vertebrate called the sea lamprey shows that more than a thousand genes are shed during its early development. By undergoing programmed genome rearrangement and gene loss during embryogenesis, the sea lamprey "seals" the genes away in the small germline compartment so they cannot be misexpressed and create untoward problems (such as development of cancer, for example).
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