At EpiGenie, we do our best to keep up with the latest research trends in the epigenetics scene so we couldn’t help but notice that lately, the Polycomb (PcG) and Trithorax (TrxG) proteins are grabbing more headlines than Octa-Mom. Deservingly so, when you consider the critical role these developmental switchboards play in maintaining expression patterns […]
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The establishment of heterochromatin is an important way for cells to repress transcription. Yet not much is known about the control of heterochromatin spreading into euchromatic domains. Therefore, researchers at Duke University used the Awesome Power of Yeast (Epi)Genetics to study how specific DNA sequences affect heterochromatin spreading. Their results are published in the April […]
Over the years, mothers around the world have routinely warned their children of the imminent hearing loss resulting from too many Iron Maiden concerts, blasting Winger too loud on car stereos, or the permanently attached iPod earbuds that come standard with adolescents nowadays, but now we have scientific data to suggest our mothers and miR-96 […]
Whether you’re talking about real estate or miRNA expression, the phrase “location, location, location” expresses the undeniable importance of surroundings. Like protein-coding genes, miRNA genes can be turned on or off depending on the cellular context. However, mechanisms responsible for cell-specific miRNA expression are largely unknown because miRNA promoters are not as well characterized as […]
At EpiGenie, we’ve been struggling to find the time and motivation for exercise since we misplaced those Tae Bo tapes. Sure the treadmill would work, but then we’d have to move all the clothes hanging on it. However, some recent work from researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK, caught our attention. The […]