lncRNA, epigenetics, DNA methylation
Plants’ Epigenetic Secrets
Plants’ Epigenetic Secrets
Jef Akst | Feb 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.
In Praise of McClintock
In Praise of McClintock
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2017
Robert Martienssen, who studies plant epigenetics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, discusses the brilliance of pioneering geneticist Barbara McClintock, with whom he worked before her death in 1992.
Infographic: Plant Methylation Basics
Infographic: Plant Methylation Basics
Jef Akst | Jan 31, 2017
Multiple molecular mechanisms keep plant DNA methylation in order.
Exploring the Epigenetics of Ethnicity
Exploring the Epigenetics of Ethnicity
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 10, 2017
Researchers attempt to estimate how much of the human genome’s methylation patterns can be attributed to genetic ancestry.
Methylation Maestro
Methylation Maestro
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 1, 2017
After initially discovering that DNA methylation represses transcription, Howard Cedar continues to explore how the epigenetic mark regulates gene expression.
Transgenerational Epigenetics Prepares Plants for Drought
Transgenerational Epigenetics Prepares Plants for Drought
Ben Andrew Henry | Jan 1, 2017
Plants grown in dry soil produce offspring that are hardier in drought conditions, and DNA methylation appears responsible. 
Characterizing the Imprintome
Characterizing the Imprintome
Amber Dance | Jan 1, 2017
Three techniques for identifying the collection of maternal and paternal genes silenced in offspring
Nearly 500 lncRNAs Needed For Cell Growth Identified
Nearly 500 lncRNAs Needed For Cell Growth Identified
Joshua A. Krisch | Dec 15, 2016
Using a modified CRISPR approach, scientists shed light on the diversity and function of 499 long noncoding RNAs.
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Show Signs of Donor Age
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Show Signs of Donor Age
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 12, 2016
iPSCs created through the reprogramming of human somatic cells retain genomic marks of the donor’s age.
How Diet Influences Host-Microbiome Communication in Mice
How Diet Influences Host-Microbiome Communication in Mice
Joshua A. Krisch | Nov 23, 2016
Researchers are beginning to decipher the metabolic language of the microbiome, and determine how gut microbes communicate with host tissue.