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2009-01-19 11:30:35

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tbingen, Germany, determined the structure of a protein (L1ORF1p), which is encoded by a parasitic genetic element and which is responsible for its mobility. The so-called LINE-1 retrotransposon is a mobile genetic element that can multiply and insert itself into chromosomal DNA at many different locations. This disturbs the genetic code at the site of integration, which can have serious consequences for the organism. On the...

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2009-01-13 15:23:26

Scientists discover a conserved signaling module controlling the formation of dauer or infective larvae in nematodes 150 years after Darwin's epochal "On the Origin of Species" many questions about the molecular basis of evolution are still waiting for answers. How are signaling pathways changed by genes and by the environment enabling the development of new species? Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tbingen, Germany, strive to decode the molecular basis of...

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2008-09-24 09:30:00

Molecular biologists from Tbingen have discovered how the growth of leaves and the aging process of plants are coordinated Plants that grow more slowly stay fresh longer. In their study now published in PLoS Biology, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tbingen have shown that certain small sections of genes, so-called microRNAs, coordinate growth and aging processes in plants. These microRNAs inhibit certain regulators, known as TCP transcription factors. These...


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