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How cells manage their genes focus of $1.4 million NSF grant to Florida State
Date:9/14/2010

expression occurs," Bass said. "Surprisingly, maize and humans have almost identical genome sizes and complexities. We have simply substituted maize tissues for human tissues, and the maize genome for the human genome, and plan to transfer the technologies from animals to plants."

The researchers will develop new tools for identifying how the maize genome is organized at the chromatin level and how its organization changes in response to development and genetic inputs.

Mapping all that is a pretty big deal, Bass said.

"If one can map how a cell and indeed how an entire plant determines which genes are turned on or off in response to a change in the environment, or the presence of disease, or even during the plant's journey from seed to maturity, it may be possible to affect the outcome," he said.

"The National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program funds projects such as this to promote truly basic research on fundamental questions like 'How does that work?'" Bass said. "The long-term benefits of NSF-funded research are sometimes unexpected, but rarely disappointing."


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Contact: Hank Bass
bass@bio.fsu.edu
850-644-9711
Florida State University
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