A new, essential function of introns in eukaryotic cells: stress response
Out of 295 yeast strains, each with deleted single intron, 64% do not survive stress conditions. Their function in stress response is proved by accumulation of 34 introns for 62h.
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Excised linear introns regulate growth in yeast, J. T. Morgan & G. R. Fink & D. P. Bartel, published 16th January 2019, doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0828-1