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Sequencing technology helps reveal what plant genomes really encode

Scientists from the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute have teamed up with researchers in the USA to use a new technique to sequence the genes of the plant Arabidopsis. This approach, which allows researchers to see exactly where a plant's genes end, could be applied to crops in the hope of boosting efforts to breed new varieties.

Molecular 'On-Off' Switch for Parkinson's disease discovered by CLS scientists

Scientists at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Protein Phosphorylation Unit at the University of Dundee have discovered a new molecular switch that acts to protect the brain from developing Parkinson’s disease.

The findings have helped scientists understand how genetic mutations in a gene called PINK1 lead to Parkinson’s in patients as young as 8 years old - which could eventually lead to new ways to diagnose and treat the condition.