Yeast “Mini Labs” Help Researchers Probe Histone Modifications
Yeast “Mini Labs” Help Researchers Probe Histone Modifications
By harnessing a unique property of yeast, scientists can synthesize histones and the enzymes that modify these proteins, which spool DNA and influence gene expression.
Yeast “Mini Labs” Help Researchers Probe Histone Modifications
Yeast “Mini Labs” Help Researchers Probe Histone Modifications

By harnessing a unique property of yeast, scientists can synthesize histones and the enzymes that modify these proteins, which spool DNA and influence gene expression.

By harnessing a unique property of yeast, scientists can synthesize histones and the enzymes that modify these proteins, which spool DNA and influence gene expression.

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