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An expanded evolutionary role for flower symmetry genes

Lena C Hileman1* and Pilar Cubas2

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1 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, 1200 Sunnyside Ave, Lawrence, Kansas 66045, USA

2 Departamento de Genética Molecular de Plantas, Centro Nacional de Biotecnología/CSIC, Campus Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain

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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:90  doi:10.1186/jbiol193

Published: 6 November 2009


CYCLOIDEA (CYC)-like TCP genes are critical for flower developmental patterning. Exciting recent breakthroughs, including a study by Song et al. published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, demonstrate that CYC-like genes have also had an important role in the evolution of flower form.

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