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Receptors for neuron communication in humans vital for reproduction in mosses


July 24, 2017

P. patens, the moss used for the study, growing in the laboratory Glutamate receptors, which play a central role in the human nervous system, have been thought to only function in neural transmission. However, they exist on many other human tissues, and in many species without nervous systems, including plants. A University of Maryland-led study has shown that the glutamate receptor-like genes in the moss Physcomitrella patens are crucial for sexual reproduction. Full Story

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