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In a paper published online in advance in Nucleic Acids Research this week, investigators at Japan's Yokohama City University show that "Hmo1 directs pre-initiation complex assembly to an appropriate site on its target gene promoters by masking a nucleosome-free region" in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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