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Infertility Treatment: A Nuclear Restorer Gene in Maize

Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. A sterile strain of corn that has been used for making hybrid seed corn carries the Texas male-sterile cytoplasm and does not make pollen. In a report in this issue of Science (see Cui et al., page 1334), cloning of a gene that can restore fertility to these plants is announced. In his Perspective, Levings discussed why the identification of this gene Rf2 as an aldehyde dehydrogenase is surprising and how it may work to reverse the male sterile phenotype.

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Resource Type: Journal article/Issue, Review, Diagram
Audience Level: Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate

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Authors and Editors: Charles S. Levings III of Department of Genetics, North Carolina State University
Publisher: AAAS
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