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The function and regulation of vasa-like genes in germ-cell development

Erez Raz

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Department for Developmental Biology, Institute for Biology I, Freiburg University, 79104 Freiburg, Germany

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Genome Biology 2000, 1:reviews1017-reviews1017.6  doi:10.1186/gb-2000-1-3-reviews1017

Published: 1 September 2000


The vasa gene, essential for germ-cell development, was originally identified in Drosophila, and has since been found in other invertebrates and vertebrates. Analysis of these vasa homologs has revealed a highly conserved role for Vasa protein among different organisms, as well as some important differences in its regulation.