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New Gene May Help Scientists Understand More About How The Body Grows

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March 18, 1999
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Whitehead Institute For Biomedical Research
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Scientists at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Genetics Institute, Inc. have identified a new gene called derrière that plays a key role in the development of the frog embryo from the neck down, including the neural tube and the muscles flanking the spinal cord.

Scientists at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and Genetics Institute, Inc. have identified a new gene called derrière that plays a key role in the development of the frog embryo from the neck down, including the neural tube and the muscles flanking the spinal cord. Embryos lacking derrière gene function developed normal heads but only had disorganized tissue where the trunk and tail should have been. Scientists conclude that derrière controls the formation of the posterior regions of the embryo--that is, the entire body from the neck down.


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