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Arabidopsis thaliana is a small annual flowering plant in the mustard family (Brassicaceae). Its small genome size, rapid life cycle, large seed production, ease of genetic transformation and ability to grow in the laboratory make it a model organism for the study of plant genetics, physiology, biochemistry and development.

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    Intrinsically disordered regions are a ubiquitous class of protein domains that lack a fixed 3D structure. Here, an evolutionarily conserved family of disordered CO2 sensors has been discovered, expanding the growing repertoire of disordered regions that respond to changes in the cellular environment.

    • Ryan J. Emenecker
    •  & Alex S. Holehouse
    Nature Cell Biology 24, 1013-1014
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    New work studying the plant Arabidopsis thaliana shows that patterns of observed sequence variants are primarily influenced by biases in initial mutation occurrences rather than by the subsequent selective pressures.

    • Darren J. Burgess
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    The conserved chromatin remodeller DECREASED IN DNA METHYLATION 1 (DDM1) has long been an enigma given its powerful but likely indirect effect in maintaining plant DNA methylation. In this issue of Nature Cell Biology, Osakabe et al. show that the direct action of DDM1 is deposition of the H2A.W histone variant to silence transposable elements.

    • Paul B. Talbert
    •  & Steven Henikoff
    Nature Cell Biology 23, 297-298