Gene expression in eukaryotes

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Science  13 Feb 1981:
Vol. 211, Issue 4483, pp. 667-674
DOI: 10.1126/science.6256857


Gene expression in eukaryotes is influenced by a wide variety of mechanisms including the loss, amplification, and rearrangement of genes. Genes are differentially transcribed, and the RNA transcripts are variably utilized. Multigene families regulate the amount, the diversity, and the timing of gene expression. The present level of understanding of gene expression in eukaryotes is attributable mainly to biochemical methods rather than to traditional genetics. The new techniques that permit analysis and modification of purified genes of known function will identify both the control regions in eukaryotic genes as well as the molecules within cell that influence gene expression.