Illustration of a baby and mom looking at a family photo
Infographic: Questions Linger About Epigenetic Inheritance
Some studies suggest that associations between the health of children and the experiences of their parents or grandparents may be due to epigenetic mechanisms, but confounding factors challenge this interpretation.
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Infographic: Questions Linger About Epigenetic Inheritance
Infographic: Questions Linger About Epigenetic Inheritance

Some studies suggest that associations between the health of children and the experiences of their parents or grandparents may be due to epigenetic mechanisms, but confounding factors challenge this interpretation.

Some studies suggest that associations between the health of children and the experiences of their parents or grandparents may be due to epigenetic mechanisms, but confounding factors challenge this interpretation.

ABOVE: © NANOCLUSTERING.COM

noncoding RNA

Illustration showing two hands join, father or mother with child
Does Human Epigenetic Inheritance Deserve a Closer Look?
Catherine Offord | Apr 4, 2022
The concept of epigenetic inheritance has long been controversial. Some researchers hope that new data on cross-generational effects of environmental exposures will help settle the debate.
ribbon model of phenylalanine hydroxylase enzyme
Noncoding RNA Improves Symptoms in Mice with Metabolic Disorder
Abby Olena | Aug 6, 2021
A long noncoding RNA from humans appeared to help the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase work better in a mouse model of phenylketonuria, the disorder characterized by reduced activity of that enzyme.
Drawing of the three kinds of glycosylated cell surface biomolecules: glycoproteins, glycolipids, and now, glycoRNAs
Newly Discovered Glycosylated RNA Is All Over Cells: Study
Christie Wilcox | May 18, 2021
Prior to a 2019 preprint, “glycoRNAs” weren’t known to exist. Now, the researchers who found them say they’re on lots of cells and may play a role in immune signaling.
How RNAs Called SINEUPs Upregulate Translation
Catherine Offord | Jan 1, 2021
The recently discovered long noncoding RNAs seem to boost the production of specific proteins in the cell by interacting with RNA-binding proteins, researchers find.
RNA Moves a Memory From One Snail to Another
Ashley Yeager | May 14, 2018
Injecting molecules from a sea slug that received tail shocks into one that didn’t made the recipient animal behave more cautiously. 
The RNA Age: A Primer
Ruth Williams | May 11, 2017
Our guide to all known forms of RNA, from cis-NAT to vault RNA and everything in between.
Noncoding RNA Helps Cells Recover from DNA Damage
Diana Kwon | May 1, 2017
Scientists discover transcripts from the same gene that can express both proteins and noncoding RNA.
 
Study: Most Long Noncoding RNAs Likely Functional
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2017
Nearly 20,000 lncRNAs identified in human cells may play some role in cellular activities.
Research at Micro- and Nanoscales
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jun 1, 2016
From whole cells to genes, closer examination continues to surprise.
 
Noncoding RNAs Not So Noncoding
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2016
Bits of the transcriptome once believed to function as RNA molecules are in fact translated into small proteins.
Finding Mislabeled Noncoding RNAs
Ruth Williams | May 31, 2016
Researchers scour the genome for micropeptides encoded within RNAs presumed to function in a noncoding capacity.
Dial It Up, Dial It Down
Kelly Rae Chi | Mar 1, 2016
Newer CRISPR tools for manipulating transcription will help unlock noncoding RNA’s many roles.
Obesity Alters Sperm Epigenome
Karen Zusi | Dec 3, 2015
Moderately obese men display different epigenetic marks on their sperm than lean men, and bariatric surgery in massively obese men correlated with changes in sperm methylation.
Riboswitch Flip Kills Bacteria
Ruth Williams | Sep 30, 2015
Scientists discover a novel antibacterial molecule that targets a vital RNA regulatory element.
New Legs to Stand On
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jun 1, 2015
Reconstructing the past using ancient DNA
Not So Noncoding
Jenny Rood | Jun 1, 2015
An RNA thought to be noncoding in fact encodes a small protein that regulates calcium uptake in muscle.
Two-Faced RNAs
Kerry Grens | Apr 1, 2015
The same microRNAs can have opposing roles in cancer.
Circadian Atlas Chronicles Gene Expression
Kate Yandell | Oct 27, 2014
Researchers have mapped the times of day when mouse genes are transcribed across 12 organs.
Crossing Boundaries
Anna Azvolinsky | Sep 1, 2014
A groundbreaker in the study of Listeria monocytogenes, Pascale Cossart continues to build her research tool kit to understand how to fight such intracellular human pathogens.