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Epigenetic Mechanism Tunes Brain Cells

By Amanda B. Keener | July 2, 2015

Regular replacement of histones in human and murine neurons is required for neuronal plasticity, a study shows.

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Silencing Surprise

By Jenny Rood | June 1, 2015

A chromatin remodeler in embryonic stem cells clears the DNA for mRNA transcription while stifling the expression of noncoding transcripts.


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Heritable Histones

By Ruth Williams | September 18, 2014

Scientists show how roundworm daughter cells remember the histone modification patterns of their parents.


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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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Conserved Chromatin?

By Ed Yong | December 10, 2012

Archaea packages DNA around histones in a similar way to eukaryotes, suggesting that fitting a large genome into a small space was not the original role of chromatin.


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A Reprogramming Histone

By Beth Marie Mole | October 29, 2012

The scientist who pioneered cloning has found that a histone may act as a cellular reset button.  


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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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Flu Fights Dirty

By Hayley Dunning | September 1, 2012

Mimicking a host-cell histone protein offers flu a sneaky tactic to suppress immune response.

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Boosting Antipsychotic Drugs

By Ed Yong | August 5, 2012

Chemicals that change the way DNA is packaged could improve the effects of current antipsychotics.


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DNA, Contortionist

By Kerry Grens | August 1, 2012

The DNA forms known as G-quadruplexes are finally discovered in human cells.


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