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 ...

Scientists shed light on how microRNAs repress protein synthesis

(Phys.org) —Scientists from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research have discovered how microRNAs repress translation of mRNAs. In a structure-function study published in Molecular Cell, they report different ...

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 ...

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