Promiscuous Maize Chromosomes

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Science  02 Jan 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5654, pp. 49-50
DOI: 10.1126/science.1093532

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The intricate chromosome dance that characterizes meiotic cell division involves careful coordination of chromosome pairing, recombination, and synapsis. In their Perspective, Martinez-Perez and Moore discuss new work that identifies the PHS1 protein in maize as being a key player in the coordination of these three events ( Pawlowski et al.).