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An easier way to control genes

September 3, 2013

Samuel Perli and Fahim Farzadfard Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have shown that they can turn genes on or off inside yeast and human cells by controlling when DNA is copied into messenger RNA--an advance that could allow scientists to better understand the function of those genes. Full Story

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