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Plants’ Epigenetic Secrets

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2017

Unlike animals, plants stably pass on their DNA methylomes from one generation to the next. The resulting gene silencing likely hides an abundance of phenotypic variation.

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Infographic: Plant Methylation Basics

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2017

Multiple molecular mechanisms keep plant DNA methylation in order.

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Stockpiling Histones

By Kerry Grens | February 1, 2013

Histones stored on lipid droplets in fly embryos provide a backup supply when newly synthesized ones are lacking.

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The Epigenetic Lnc

By Kevin V. Morris | October 1, 2012

Long non-protein-coding RNA (lncRNA) sequences are often transcribed from the opposite, or antisense, strand of a protein coding gene. In the past few years, research has shown that these lncRNAs play a number of regulatory roles in the cell. For exa

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How Longevity Is Passed On

By Cristina Luiggi | October 19, 2011

For the first time researchers have shown that epigenetic changes that increase lifespan can be inherited across multiple generations.

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The Mark of Faith

By Robert E. Kingston | March 1, 2011

Testing a central tenet of epigenetic regulation

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Epigenetics—A Primer

By Stefan Kubicek | March 1, 2011

There are many ways that epigenetic effects regulate the activation or repression of genes. Here are a few molecular tricks cells use to read off the right genetic program.

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Epigenetics—A Primer

By Stefan Kubicek | March 1, 2011

Epigenetic events regulate the activities of genes without changing the DNA sequence. Different genes are expressed depending on the methyl-marks attached to DNA itself and by changes in the structure and/or composition of chromatin. 

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