While plastic is fantastic, the luxury of our synthetic world comes at a price: plasticizing agents can affect our chances of bringing new life into that world thanks to our environmentally-responsive sperm. Phthalates, which are common plasticizing agents, disrupt the endocrine system and are present in food packaging, personal care products such as shaving cream, […]
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Once a rock star makes it big, they treat the world to a tour. However, DNA methylation, being both an epigenetic rock star and an unbearable diva, has been more than fashionably late to the party! But fear not! DNA methylation has made a comeback with a hit record of scientific insight into human diversity. […]
While most studies on the N6-methyladenosine (m6A) RNA modification have been on the straight and narrow, the research trajectory taken by the labs of Cosmas C. Giallourakis and Alan C. Mullen will have you running around in circles! More specifically, Chan Zhou and Benoit Molinie (along with their tight circle of friends) sought to discover […]
While cocktails and embryonic development usually don’t mix well, a cocktail of three transcription-activator-like effectors (TALEs) has just shaken up our understanding of the role LINE-1 retrotransposons during early embryonic development. LINE-1 activation had been considered a consequence of developmental processes, but now a talented team from the lab of Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla at the German […]
Imagine a world where you could create chromatin loops where and when you want. You’d feel like you’re on cloud nine. Well, get your head out of the clouds, because you’ve got to thank the lab of Kevin Wang at Stanford for targeted and reversible chromatin loop reorganization using deactivated Cas9 (CLOuD9). The CLOuD9 system […]