About the Authors

Wei J Gong

Affiliation Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

Kim S McKim

Affiliation Waksman Institute and Department of Genetics, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey, United States of America

R. Scott Hawley

To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: RSH@stowers-institute.org

Affiliations Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America , Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

WJG, KSM, and RSH conceived and designed the experiments. WJG performed the experiments. WJG, KSM, and RSH analyzed the data. WJG and RSH contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, and wrote the paper.