Monarch butterfly research gains national attention

By Jim Fessenden

UMass Medical School Communications

November 28, 2011
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Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and chair and professor of neurobiology, was interviewed by national media last week about his work sequencing the half-billion letters that make up the monarch butterfly’s genome. Dr. Reppert’s research is a powerful new tool in science’s quest to understand the genetic basis for how these fist-sized insects migrate from as far away as 2,000 miles to a small region in Mexico roughly 300 square miles in size. 

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