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Scientists uncover 4-stranded elements of maize DNA

A team led by Florida State University researchers has identified DNA elements in maize that could affect the expression of hundreds or thousands of genes. “Maybe they are part of the machinery that allows an organism to turn hundreds of genes off or on,” said Associate Professor of Biological Science Hank Bass. Bass and Carson Andorf, a doctoral student in computer science at Iowa...
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Top candidate genes identified for corn's “spotty” defense mechanism

When corn plants come under attack from a pathogen, they sometimes respond by killing their own cells near the site of the attack, committing “cell suicide” to thwart further damage from the attacker. This cell sacrifice can cause very small, often microscopic, spots or lesions on the plant. But up until now it’s been difficult to understand how the plant regulates this “spotty” defense...
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