Monarch butterfly research gains national attention

By Jim Fessenden

UMass Medical School Communications

November 28, 2011

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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