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Epigenetics mystery: Can environment-induced changes be passed on?

Israeli researchers have discovered that laboratory worms transfer information about their parents’ physical environment through small RNA molecules that occur ...
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Podcast: Rebel Cell: Cancer, evolution and the science of life

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney brings you exclusive excerpts from her new book Rebel Cell, exploring where cancer came from, where ...
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Podcast: The surprising science of epigenetics—How a family of ‘Mickey Mouse mice’ overturned our understanding of heredity

Kat Arney takes a look at the world of epigenetics, finding out if more than DNA passes on to the ...
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How old is that child? ‘Epigenetic clocks’ could help fight child labor, trafficking and improve age records on immigrant children

Epigenetic clocks are a new type of biological test currently capturing the attention of the scientific community, private companies and ...
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Can we ‘program’ people through epigenetics to enjoy exercise?

Some people wake early every morning to run, bike, swim, or lift. For others, finding the motivation to work out ...
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‘Elixir of life’: Can epigenetic reprogramming help us live longer and healthier?

[Juan Carlos]  Izpisúa Belmonte can rejuvenate aging, dying animals. He can rewind time. But just as quickly as he blows ...
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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 ...