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In PLOS Genetics, researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin explore variations in the way synonymous DNA codons are used in hundreds of yeast species. The team delved into available genome sequence data for 327 budding yeast species from the Saccharomycotina sub-phylum, analyzing synonymous codon usage in these species through the lens of selection and within broader sequence, amino acid, location, and gene contexts.

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