Gelvin credits the depth of skill at Purdue in the area of genomics and statistics for the success of the study.
“When evaluating gene regulation it isn’t a simple yes or no answer, sometimes a 10 percent change matters,” he said. “In addition to our ability to perform these genetic screens and analyses, it was a careful statistical analysis that revealed subtle changes of significance and led us to our target. Sharing of expertise and collaborative work is how science gets done.”
The National Science Foundation, the Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, the Biotechnology Research and Development Corporation and a grant to the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research funded this research.