Pedro Beltrao at Public Rambling gets inspiration from and makes use of a recently published Cell paper to do a quick analysis of the potential effects of mRNA localization patterns in the developing D. melanogaster embryo. The paper found that a large fraction of the genes had localization patterns during some stage of the embryonic development.

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