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Epigenetics May Remember Ancestors’ Mutations
Parents’ mutations, even if they’re not inherited by offspring, could affect subsequent generations through changes to epigenetic marks, a study finds.
Epigenetics May Remember Ancestors’ Mutations
Epigenetics May Remember Ancestors’ Mutations

Parents’ mutations, even if they’re not inherited by offspring, could affect subsequent generations through changes to epigenetic marks, a study finds.

Parents’ mutations, even if they’re not inherited by offspring, could affect subsequent generations through changes to epigenetic marks, a study finds.

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