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A Question of Balance

Nov. 20, 2009

The research of Dr. James Birchler, professor of biological sciences, is highlighted in the News Focus section of the 20 November 2009 issue of Science.

The story highlights Birchler’s presentation at the Ninth International Plant Molecular Biology Congress in St. Louis, MO, on his “gene balance hypothesis,” which he formulated together with human geneticist, Reiner Veitia. Birchler’s studies on ploidy in maize suggest that by maintaining genomic balance there is little impact on gene expression when the whole genome is varied.

The full text of the story is available from Science.

Related research strengths:
Evolution, Genetics & Genomics, Plant Biology