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A “Master Control” Gene for Fly Eyes Shares Its Power

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Science  31 Jan 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5300, pp. 618-619
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5300.618

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Two years ago, biologists thought they had identified a master control gene for eyes, a gene called eyeless that apparently could single-handedly cause surplus eyes to sprout from wings and antennae of fruit flies. Now a new gene, dachshund, appears to work in tandem with eyeless—suggesting that the “master controller” may merely be a member of a committee instead.