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Video: What does it mean to ‘turn on’ a gene?

In the murky darkness, blue and green blobs are dancing. Sometimes they keep decorous distances from each other, but other ...
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Epigenetics could alter the way we breed crops for drought and climate change

New techniques allow researchers to change the way crops behave and handle adverse conditions--without actually altering the plants' underlying DNA ...
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Can frequent exercise epigenetically slow the aging process?

Research under way in Melbourne is showing that exercise can, literally, make your body younger. … [Researcher Sarah] Voisin tells ...
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New techniques could transform epigenetics research, ameliorating diseases

Epigenetics, the study of mechanisms by which genes are turned on or off without altering their genetic code or DNA ...
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How a father’s stresses alter sperm and can ‘leave his children scarred’

A stressed-out and traumatized father can leave scars in his children. New research suggests this happens because sperm “learn” paternal ...
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Epigenetic clues could assist crime investigations by revealing age range, lifestyle habits of suspects

[The] field of forensic epigenetics [uses] the markers that sit on top of DNA and modify it’s expression, rather than the ...
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How can seemingly-unique animals be genetically the same?

More and more, biologists are discovering that organisms thought to be different species are, in fact, but one. A recent ...
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Relationship between genes and obesity could be altered by what we eat

A correlation between obesity and genetics has been found to be modified by diet, according to a scientific paper in ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s why the controversial field of epigenetics is ‘so alluring’

I think of stories I’ve been told about my grandmother in 1945 Japan. … It feels plausible, and poetic, to ...
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Is epigenetics the ‘secret superpower’ of invasive species?

Due to the small numbers that are introduced, invasive species experience a genetic bottleneck that results in low levels of ...
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Hatchery-raised vs wild-born coho salmon: Containment sites may alter epigenome, hurting survival in the wild

[Biologist Louis Bernatchez of Quebec’s Laval University] and his colleagues set out to search for evidence of a different kind of hatchery adaptation, ...
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Adding 24 new mutations to breast cancer risk calculations

Twenty-four previously unknown mutations that raise a woman's risk of developing breast cancer have been identified by scientists. The 'ground-breaking' findings [February ...
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Epigenetics of exercise: Our muscles appear to have ‘molecular memory’

Our muscles may actually possess a molecular memory in the form of epigenetic marks on our DNA. According to a ...
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Epigenetics and doping: Steroids may have long-lasting performance enhancing effects

Editor's note: E. Paul Zehr is a professor of neuroscience and kinesiology at the University of Victoria in Canada [Olympic ...
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The quest for youth, and what our genes have to say about it

Why do some people seem to age faster than others? The answer may lie in our epigenetics ...
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Some cases of autism may have epigenetic origins

Scientists have discovered a swathe of biochemical regions that look to be deeply involved with the risk factors behind autism spectrum ...
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‘Supersimilarity’: Identical twins are epigenetic twins as well

The sometimes-preternatural similarity of identical twins is more profound than previously thought. Identical twins, known to science as “monozygotic”, may ...
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How plants learn and use memories for prediction and decision-making

[Editor's note: Laura Ruggles is a philosophy PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide in Australia.] The idea that plants can ...
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Why all identical twins who are overweight are not identically obese

Identical twins have the same genomes, but they don't always look exactly the same, particularly in regards to weight. Science ...
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Skin color and ‘race’: Genetics reveal complicated relationship

For much of recorded history, skin color has been loaded with powerful social meaning. Skin color plays a major part ...
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Cuddling may change your baby’s epigenome, improve their immune system over the long term

The amount of close and comforting contact that young infants get doesn't just keep them warm, snug, and loved. A ...
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Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

The old adage about kids being resilient and able to bounce back from early traumas isn't necessarily borne out by ...
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Lung cancer progression linked to enzyme that promotes epigenetic changes

In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers from Nanjing University in China have identified an enzyme that promotes lung ...
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Can’t get motivated? You may be able to blame your genes

Being apathetic may feel like following the path of least resistance. But studies of apathy in the brain show otherwise ...
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Video: Combating aging in our lifetime

[A] new video from Kurzgesagt presents several technologies close to completion that could make a big impact on how we ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Gattaca’ reminds us that gene editing has dark possibilities

[Editor's note: Osagie Obasogie is a professor of bioethics at the University of California-Berkeley.] Set in the not-too-distant future, the ...
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Two of a kind? Twins offer unique glimpse into human development

In the world of genetics, identical twins offer a valuable source for study. And they've shown that our genetic makeup ...
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How epigenetics is linked to drug resistance

Scientists at Vanderbilt University say they have discovered a nongenetic cause of resistance to cetuximab, a therapeutic that is used ...