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Development Gene May Give Nerve Cells a Sense of Identity

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Science  06 Feb 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5659, pp. 744
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5659.744b

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A new study, reported online this week in Nature Genetics, suggests that, in fruit flies at least, a gene called Dscam has the flexibility to endow specific groups of neurons, even individual cells, with "Hello, my name is" tags.