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By Scott K. Durum,Kathrin Muegge

My own historical past within the box of cytokines had an preliminary interval of numerous years within which my scholar after which colleague, Werner Muller, attempted in useless to draw me to them. My curiosity continually vanished while i used to be faced with complicated info pointing to func­ tional redundancy of cytokines in mobilephone tradition platforms. whilst gene focusing on within the mouse germline turned attainable, this frustration got here to an finish. We and others instantly launched into examining the in vivo functionality of cytokines and the matter of useful redundancy with this strong new procedure. The early cytokine gene knockouts played through colleagues in Wiirzburg (IL-2) and through ourselves (IL-4 and IL-l zero) looked as if it would supply transparent solutions and while ended in surprises: each one of those cytokines it seems that had its personal designated and irreplaceable functionality, and this functionality may be relatively unique from what were expected from practical experiments in vitro. Al­ even though the latter discovering is naturally a superb incentive for fur­ ther learn, the previous is agreeable in a basic experience because it highlights the worth of every of these a hundred thousand genes or so in our genome, adored by way of evolution to develop into decent mem­ bers of the group. Even within the current period of "genomics" there'll be no method round the cautious useful research of every gene by way of itself.

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