Scientists See Extensive Transcript Swaps Between Parasitic Plant and Hosts | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A parasitic strangleweed plant called dodder routinely swaps protein-coding transcripts with its host plants, according to a study published online today in Science.

Researchers from Virginia Tech and Pennsylvania State University used transcriptome sequencing to track interactions between the dodder (Cuscuta pentagona) and two different host plants — tomato or Arabidopsis thaliana.

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