September 12, 2019
New PLOS Genetics Publication
E-15 MSTP student Anna-Lisa Doebley in the March 2019 issue of PLOS Genetics considers the integrity of germ lines and mechanisms that act to suppress damage to the genomes. The germ line is effectively immortal and capable of creating new “young” offspring. This research indicates that the C. elegans protein phosphatase GSP-2 is critically important to germ cell immortality. Understanding the basis of immortality in germ cells may provide insight into why organisms age.