In Genome Biology this week, scientists led by those at EMBL in Heidelberg used what they call a "trans-regulation screen" to study the regulation of Ath5, the central node in the gene regulatory network controlling retinal ganglion cell differentiation in vertebrates. They were able to identify potential Ath5 regulators that they then validated in vivo by functional assays in medakafish embryos.

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