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July 31, 2015

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July 31, 2015

May 6, 2015 — The surprising discovery and function of a new DNA modification in insects, worms, and algae has been described in a new article by an international team of ... read more

Recycling Histones Through Transcription

Mar. 26, 2015 — Cells reuse a part of the histones which are used to pack DNA, according to research conducted on yeast cells. However, researchers say that it is likely that similar mechanisms are important for ... read more

Understanding Cellular Aging

Jan. 29, 2015 — The physical structure of the nuclear landscape has been mapped in unprecedented detail to understand changes in genomic interactions occurring in cell senescence and ... read more

All the Cell's a Stage: One Protein Directs Epigenetic Players

Oct. 10, 2014 — One gene-regulating protein called Bre1 must be maintained in the proper amount for other epigenetic players to do their jobs properly, researchers have found. It’s a key coordinator in the sort of ... read more

Oct. 9, 2014 — The information that interprets the genetic code in a new embryo differs depending on whether it comes from the father or mother, researchers have found. This parent specific information is contained ... read more

Oct. 2, 2014 — The bond between humans and dogs is strong and ancient. Dogs and people share many aspects of life. The relationship between the two species has been studied by psychologists, anthropologists, ... read more

How Genes Link Mom's Diet to Risk of Obesity in Her Offspring

Sep. 2, 2014 — Scientists using an animal model found an epigenetic link between a mother's diet and an offspring's risk of future obesity. This link hinges on the blocked expression of a gene called ... read more

Throwing a Loop to Silence Gene Expression

Sep. 2, 2014 — Cells attach so-called 'epigenetic' signals to their genome to select which part of their genetic information is used. Scientists have now systematically investigated the interplay between ... read more

How Black Truffles Deal With Jumpers in Their Genome

July 30, 2014 — Black truffles, also known as Périgord truffles, have a syrupy sweet flavor and are highly prized in haute cuisine. They are fungi that grow on the roots of oak and hazelnut trees, and are the ... read more

Inherited 'Memory' of Poor Nutrition During Pregnancy Passed Through Sperm of Male Offspring

July 10, 2014 — When a pregnant mother is undernourished, her child is at a greater risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes, in part due to so-called 'epigenetic' effects. A new study in mice ... read more

Cancer's Potential on-Off Switch Linked to Epigenetics

May 15, 2014 — An 'on and off' epigenetic switch could be a common mechanism behind the development of different types of cancer, a group of researchers has proposed. Epigenetics is the phenomena whereby ... read more

Yeast Study Identifies Novel Longevity Pathway

May 8, 2014 — A new molecular circuit that controls longevity in yeast and more complex organisms has been identified by a study. Researchers also suggest a therapeutic intervention that could mimic the ... read more

May 1, 2014 — New research reveals how environmental factors in the womb can predispose not only the mother's own offspring but also the grand-offspring to metabolic disorders like liver disease. Researchers ... read more

Apr. 29, 2014 — A unique 'experiment of nature' that took place in The Gambia has now revealed that a mother's diet before she conceives has a permanent effect on her offspring's genetics. This ... read more

Development in the Womb: New Insight on Epigenetic Influence on Baby

Apr. 28, 2014 — Scientists have performed an analysis of epigenetic marks on DNA to measure how much a baby's development in the womb is determined by the genes inherited from the parents, as compared with the ... read more

Apr. 22, 2014 — In parallel with modern man (Homo sapiens), there were other, extinct types of humans with whom we lived side by side, such as Neanderthals and the recently discovered  Denisovans of Siberia. Yet ... read more

Identified Epigenetic Factors Associated With Increased Risk of Developing Cancer

Apr. 10, 2014 — One in four human tumor presents genetic polymorphisms associated with increased risk of cancer that cause an epigenetic change that modifies the expression of neighboring genes. "This work ... read more

Mar. 24, 2014 — A new technique for identifying gene enhancers -- sequences of DNA that act to amplify the expression of a specific gene -- in the genomes of humans and other mammals has been developed. Called ... read more

Mar. 20, 2014 — One of the mysteries of modern genetics has been solved: how acquired traits can be passed between generations in a process called epigenetic inheritance. The new work finds that cells don’t know ... read more

New Tool Pinpoints Genetic Sources of Disease

Mar. 20, 2014 — Many diseases have their origins in either the genome or in reversible chemical changes to DNA known as the epigenome. Now, results of a new study show a connection between these two “maps.” The ... read more

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