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Volume 7 Issue 6, June 2021

Retaining network resilience through evolution

Plant regulatory networks adapt to abiotic stresses such as salt conditions. Comparing the gene regulatory networks in Arabidopsis and Marchantia shows what is kept and what is lost over the evolutionary history of land plants.

SeeWu, T.-Y. et al.

Image: Daisuke Urano, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory. Cover Design: Erin Dewalt.


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