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Hendrix Team’s Genetic Research Published

CONWAY, Ark. (March 1, 2018) – Seven recent Hendrix College graduates and one current student are listed as co-authors with their professor of a new article published in the peer-reviewed journal Epigenetics.

The article, titled “Charged residues on the side of the nucleosome contribute to normal Spt16-gene interactions in budding yeast,” includes contributions from Eugene Nyamugenda ’14, A. Brandon Cox ’16, Jacob B. Pierce ’16, Ryan C. Banning ’14, Michelle L. Huynh ’17, Catey May ’16, Claire E. Turkal ’18, laboratory technician Sarah Marshall ’10, and Dr. Andrea A. Duina, Professor of Biology. 

The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, known as brewer’s yeast outside the scientific community, isn’t always used for making beer. As a common model biological system for understanding various aspects of cell biology, it provides a way for Duina and his students to examine how genes function in cells.

“In a nutshell, our lab used a combination of genetic and biochemical techniques to provide new insight into how a protein involved in the expression of genes physically interacts with yeast genes,” Duina said. “Since yeast cells are similar in many ways to human cells, our findings also contribute to our understanding of gene function in humans.”

The team’s work was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and funds from the Hendrix Odyssey Program.

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