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Date:7/29/2008

ith O'Halloran and Woodruff. She discovered that zinc was not uniformly distributed in eggs as they matured, which was unexpected.

"That got us all thinking," said O'Halloran. "Could zinc be a signal in the fertilization process? The evidence was strong enough for us to pursue. We first want to test whether there is a zinc signal pathway and then build a model of how zinc acts in the egg. This is very exciting because zinc's primary role in the body is typically thought to involve catalysis, not signaling."


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