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CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function

By | September 20, 2017

OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.

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A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.

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Scientists Look to Epigenetics to Thwart Viruses

By | September 1, 2017

Some viral pathogens modify chromatin and other epigenetic machinery, making them appealing drug targets.

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Contributors

By | September 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the September 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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image: Infographic: The Various Forms of Methylated DNA

Infographic: The Various Forms of Methylated DNA

By | September 1, 2017

To expand the basic nucleotide alphabet, many species modify their DNA with epigenetic marks.

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The Role of DNA Base Modifications

By | September 1, 2017

Researchers are just beginning to scratch the surface of how several newly recognized epigenetic changes function in the genome.

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image: Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation

Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation

By | August 28, 2017

A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.

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image: Company Sells a “Biological Age” Kit

Company Sells a “Biological Age” Kit

By | August 2, 2017

While the epigenetic clock is a useful tool for research and has solid scientific backing, scientists say the product’s use to consumers is limited.

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Epigenetic Inheritance in Nematodes

By | July 17, 2017

The memory of a temperature spike can persist for as many as 14 generations in C. elegans.

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The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct

By | July 17, 2017

Did behaviors that seem ingrained become fixed through epigenetic mechanisms and ancestral learning?

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