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Dr. Lynn George, professor of biological and physical sciences at Montana State University Billings, recently published her lab’s research in Nature Communications, an international peer-reviewed scientific journal.

George’s article, “Elongator and codon bias regulate protein levels in mammalian peripheral neurons,” focuses on a neurological disease called familial dysautonomia, and the underlying cellular and molecular causes of the disease. The article was published online on March 1, 2018.

Performed by Joy Goffena in George’s lab, the article includes an analysis of both the mouse and human genomes for an aspect of the genetic code called codon bias. As such, the article reveals a new layer of the genetic code not previously understood.

This is also the first MSUB publication in a Nature-branded journal, earning world-wide attention from the journal’s editorial offices in London, Shanghai and New York City.

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