In The Field

Germ cell epigenetics (and why I’m glad I’m not colour blind)

There was an interesting session on epigenetics at ASCB this evening. Epigenetics is a term with a slippery definition, but it is basically the study of changes to the way the genome is managed that are heritable but generally don’t affect the genome sequence itself. A lot of research in this area looks at the histone proteins around which DNA wraps, and the specific chemical modifications that can be made to them that in turn appear to affect gene expression in a persistent way. 

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