Discovering a new mechanism of epigenetic inheritance

Giacomo Cavalli's team at the Institute of Human Genetics (University of Montpellier / CNRS), in collaboration with the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), has demonstrated the existence of transgenerational ...

What is CRISPR? And how can it be used to turn genes 'off'?

CRISPR systems have been a hot research topic since they were shown to have utility as genetic engineering tools in 2012. And they're often explained in a way that most folks can understand. But those explanations often overlook ...

Genetic molecular mechanisms of neural development identified

Neural development is an extremely complex and highly orchestrated process, involving genetic cascades during which dozens of genes are activated at specific times and places. Polycomb-group (PcG) proteins play an important ...

On the move for repair

Scientists from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research have elucidated mechanisms that control DNA movement in the nucleus. They found that DNA with double-strand breaks moves more than undamaged DNA, thereby ...