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Sun, 11th Oct 2015

Gene of the Month - Matrimony

Kat Arney

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And finally itís time for our Gene of the Month, and this time itís Matrimony. Another fruit fly gene, Matrimony encodes a protein thatís found at high levels in fruit fly eggs, but rapidly vanishes after the egg is fertilised and starts growing into a little maggot. It gets its name from the fact that itís responsible for holding together pairs of chromosomes in the final stages of cell division when an egg is formed - a process known as meiosis - before they separate when the egg is fertilised, at the very beginning of development.

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