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How Young Genes Gain a Toehold on Becoming Indispensable


June 6, 2013

umbrea here in Drosophilia melanogaster cells Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists have for the first time, mapped a young gene's short, dramatic, evolutionary journey to becoming essential, or indispensable. In a study published online June 6 in Science, the researchers detail one gene's rapid switch to a new and essential function in the fruit fly, challenging the long-held belief that only ancient genes are important. Full Story

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