'Boss' genes could save human hearts – and the reef

14 Dec 2020
Normal sea squirt muscle cells form a ring shape (left), but after “boss gene” intervention (right), the cells cluster quite differently. Images: Nathan Palpant.

The chain of command inside human cells is similar to the way a factory is run, two University of Queensland researchers say.

But Dr Nathan Palpant and Associate Professor Mikael Boden’s big news is that they have found the password to the chief executive’s computer – metaphorically speaking.

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