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What do sex in moss and neurons have in common?

20:00 EDT 23 Jul 2017 | AAAS

(Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia) For many years biologists have wondered why plants have so many genes coding for proteins that are known to be essential for the nervous system of animals, called glutamate receptors. Now, researchers from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC, Portugal) and University of Maryland (UMD, USA) discovered a new function for those proteins, showing that moss sperm uses them to navigate its swimming towards the female organs and ensure offspring. This study will be published in Nature on 24 July.

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