Day 38 (2p14-2p12): The anthrax receptor

Day 38 has 97 protein-coding genes, including ANTXR1 (anthrax toxin receptor 1). The anthrax bacteria smuggles two toxins into cells using the ANTXR1 protein.

Of course, ANTXR1 is not in your genome with the purpose of letting anthrax in; it has some normal role in cell function that just hasn’t been figured out. Its previous name, TEM8 (tumor endothelial marker 8), also came from studying disease: it was turned on in tumors and not in surrounding normal cells.

Click here to see your ANTXR1 gene which will hopefully never perform its named function.

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