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Nature. 1989 Aug 17;340(6234):531-6.

The glass gene encodes a zinc-finger protein required by Drosophila photoreceptor cells.

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  • 1Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley 94720.


Null mutations of glass specifically remove photoreceptor cells, leaving other cell types intact. We have isolated the glass gene and have shown that its transcript encodes a putative protein of 604 amino acids with five zinc-fingers. The glass product may be a transcription factor required for the development of a single neuronal cell type.

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