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 […]
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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 […]
When it comes to knowledge about DNA methylation sites in the human genome, there’s no such thing as too much information. That’s why researchers in Germany have mapped DNA methylation sites on chromosome 21 in exquisite detail?with single base pair and single allele resolution. Their results are reported in the March 27, 2009 issue of […]
There has been a ton of interesting data on the relationship between DNA methylation, histone modifications, and transcriptional control in recent years. We love hearing about these advances at conferences, but die-hard chromatin biologists tend to rattle off histone modification combos that sound like a football quarterback about to take a snap “H3K27-trimethyl, K9, hike…,” […]
Sometimes to get the correct result, a researcher needs to knock a gene down. Not just a little knockdown, but like a Mike Tyson knockdown! (well, at least back in the days before the whole ear-biting thing.) Some clever scientists at The Scripps Research Institute may have found a way to do just that. By […]