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Dev Cell. 2002 Feb;2(2):135-42.

Building beauty: the genetic control of floral patterning.

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  • 1Plant Biology Laboratory, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.


Floral organ identity is controlled by combinatorial action of homeotic genes expressed in different territories within the emerging flower. This review discusses recent progress in our understanding of floral homeotic genes, with an emphasis on how their region-specific expression is regulated.

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