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Illustration from the epigenetics and the genome infographic
Infographic: How Epigenetic Marks Can Change the Genome
Although epigenetic changes were long thought to largely act on the genome, rather than as part of it, research is now showing that these patterns can, directly or indirectly, change the genetic code.
Infographic: How Epigenetic Marks Can Change the Genome
Infographic: How Epigenetic Marks Can Change the Genome

Although epigenetic changes were long thought to largely act on the genome, rather than as part of it, research is now showing that these patterns can, directly or indirectly, change the genetic code.

Although epigenetic changes were long thought to largely act on the genome, rather than as part of it, research is now showing that these patterns can, directly or indirectly, change the genetic code.

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Cellular DNA and epigenetics
Do Epigenetic Changes Influence Evolution?
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 1, 2022 | 10+ min read
Evidence is mounting that epigenetic marks on DNA can influence future generations in a variety of ways. But how such phenomena might affect large-scale evolutionary processes is hotly debated.
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Same RNA Acts in Neurodegeneration and Cancer
Abby Olena, PhD | Oct 29, 2021 | 3 min read
The long noncoding RNA MINCR, implicated in ALS and Alzheimer’s disease as well as several types of cancer, appears to function differently when present at high versus low levels.
Study: Most Long Noncoding RNAs Likely Functional
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2017 | 2 min read
Nearly 20,000 lncRNAs identified in human cells may play some role in cellular activities.
Nearly 500 lncRNAs Needed For Cell Growth Identified
Joshua A. Krisch | Dec 15, 2016 | 4 min read
Using a modified CRISPR approach, scientists shed light on the diversity and function of 499 long noncoding RNAs.
Not So Noncoding
Jenny Rood | Jun 1, 2015 | 2 min read
An RNA thought to be noncoding in fact encodes a small protein that regulates calcium uptake in muscle.
The Epigenetic Lnc
Kevin V. Morris | Oct 1, 2012 | 1 min read
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
Lamarck and the Missing Lnc
Kevin V. Morris | Oct 1, 2012 | 8 min read
Epigenetic changes accrued over an organism’s lifetime may leave a permanent heritable mark on the genome, through the help of long noncoding RNAs.
The Sugar Lnc
Sabrina Richards | May 1, 2012 | 2 min read
Genes that react to cellular sugar content are regulated by a long non-coding RNA via an unexpected mechanism
Non-coding RNAs Halt Cell Death
Tia Ghose | Dec 7, 2011 | 1 min read
Long, non-coding regions of RNA can prevent red blood cells from committing suicide during the final stage of differentiation.
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