Medea in full self-control

Tuncay Baubec, Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid

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Medea, a loving but betrayed character from Greek mythology who murdered her own children, inspired the naming of an Arabidopsis regulatory protein involved in the control of endosperm development in the maturing seed. In contrast to the Medea of antiquity who, according to Euripides, cannot be called a model of self-control, three recent publications demonstrate that MEDEA in plants is in command of its own action by autoregulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-71
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Alleles
  • Arabidopsis/embryology
  • Arabidopsis Proteins/genetics
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Gene Silencing
  • Models, Genetic


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