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Single Missing Protein May Result In Down Syndrome - September 18, 2009

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[Source: ScienceDaily (Sep. 17, 2009)] — Using yeast genetics and a novel scheme to selectively remove a single protein from the cell division process called meiosis, a cell biologist at The Florida State University found that when a key molecular player known as Pds5 goes missing, chromosomes fail to segregate and pair up properly, and birth defects such as Down syndrome can result.

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