Scientists develop methods to validate gene regulation networks

phys | April 05, 2019

A team of biologists and computer scientists has mapped out a network of interactions for how plant genes coordinate their response to nitrogen, a crucial nutrient and the main component of fertilizer. The work, published in the journal Nature Communications, offers a potential framework and more efficient methods that can be used to investigate a wide-range of vital pathways in any organism. The sequencing of whole genomes has transformed life sciences, leading to breakthroughs in medicine, agriculture, and basic research," explains Matthew Brooks, an NIH-postdoctoral fellow in New York University's Department of Biology and the paper's lead author. "The challenge now is to determine how the genes that are encoded by an organism are regulated and work together in networks that allow plants and animals to respond to their environment.

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