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Harvard alumna and researchers ID gene critical to floral nectar spurs

Scientists discover gene that directs spur development, name it after NBA Spurs coach. In the paper, the scientists identify the gene critical to controlling the development of these spurs in the common columbine, or Aquilegia. They found it acts as a master regulator that appears to control the creation of the spurs by regulating the activity of other genes, the way a coach decides who plays and when.

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