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In PNAS this week, Stanford University's Sebastian Maerkl and Stephen Quake study the evolution of transcription factors. In this work, they created all possible 95 single-point mutations of five DNA-contacting residues of Max, a human helix–loop–helix transcription factor, and then measured the DNA binding of each mutant.

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