This Week in PLoS

In PLoS Genetics this week, an international team of researchers reports that it has identified an over-represented pentamer motif corresponding to the binding site of the homeodomain protein OTX. This protein, they write, plays a pivotal role in the anterior development of all bilaterian species.

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