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Sat, 7th Sep 2013

Gene of the month - Cleopatra

Kat Arney

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And finally, our gene of the month is Cleopatra, named after the legendary Egyptian queen, who was said to have committed suicide with the aid of a poisonous snake - specifically, by allowing an asp to bite her on the bosom. The gene’s thought to be active in developing fruit fly embryos, but faults in Cleopatra only cause problems when the developing embryos encounter a protein called Asp. Geddit? But despite the clever name, very little is actually known about the Cleopatra gene or what it does, so it remains as enigmatic as its namesake.


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