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Layden, M.J., Martindale, M.Q., (2014) Non-canonical Notch signaling represents an ancestral mechanism to regulate neural differentiation. EvoDevo, 5:30 doi:10.1186/2041-9139-5-30 


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Martinson, A.P., van Rossum, D.B., Diatta, F.H., Layden, M.J., Rhodes, S.A., Martindale, M.Q., Jegla, T., (2014) Functional evolution of Erg Potassium Channel Gating reveals an ancient origin for IKr. PNAS doi:10.1073/pnas.1321716111


Layden, M.J., Wolenski, F.S., Roettinger, E, Gilmore, T.D., Martindale, M.Q., (2013) Microinjection of mRNA or morpholinos for reverse genetic analysis in the starlet sea anemone, Nematostella vecentsis. Nature Protocols 8: 924-34 doi: 10.1038/nprot.2013.009 


Wolenski, F.S., Layden, M.J., Martindale, M.Q., Gilmore T.D., Finnerty, J.R., (2013) Characterizing the spatiotemporal expression of RNAs and proteins in the starlet sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis.  Nature Protocols 8: 900-15 doi: 10.1038/nprot.2013.014 


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