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A Colloquium Honoring Leslie D. Gottlieb

Pichersky, Eran [1].

From gene duplications in Clarkia to scent genes everywhere.

Working in Leslie Gottlieb’s lab I was made abundantly aware of the prevalence of gene duplications in plants– a phenomenon not really appreciated at the time by most investigators. Furthermore, the contribution to plant diversity achieved via divergence of duplicated genes became my research theme throughout my scientific career. As a graduate student with Leslie I first met Clarkia breweri, the only Clarkia species to emit floral scent, and when I set up my own lab at the University of Michigan in the same department where Leslie had received his Ph.D. a generation earlier, I went back to look for the scent genes in C. breweri. As Leslie would have predicted, many of these genes were derived by duplication from genes encoding enzymes for the synthesis of non-scent chemicals.

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1 - University of Michigan, Mol Cell Dev Biol, 830 N. University St., Ann Arbor, Mi, 48109, USA

Gene duplications

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: C1
Location: Grand Ballroom A/Riverside Hilton
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Time: 9:15 AM
Number: C1004
Abstract ID:191
Candidate for Awards:None

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