Mixed knobs in corn cobs

P. Lamelza and M. A. Lampson,  Genes and Development,  34:1110-1112. 2020.

Maize heterochromatic knobs cheat female meiosis by forming neocentromeres that bias their segregation into the future egg cell. In this issue of Genes & Development, Swentowsky and colleagues (pp. 1239-1251) show that two types of knobs, those composed of 180-bp and TR1 sequences, recruit their own novel and divergent kinesin-14 family members to form neocentromeres.

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