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Tag: epigenetics

November 2015

Imaging method reveals DNA’s packaging in three dimensions

by  /  12 November 2015

A new technique creates a detailed picture of of chromatin — the coiled complex of DNA and proteins — in individual brain cells.

October 2015

By chemically tagging genes, sex hormones shape brain

by ,  /  19 October 2015

The environment’s influence on gene expression can vary by sex and affect autism’s expression.


Male mice pass stress signatures down to their pups

by  /  19 October 2015

The pups of male mice exposed to stress show a muted response to stressful situations of their own, suggesting that environmental effects can last generations.


Glowing cells reveal how DNA tags shift over time

by  /  7 October 2015

A new method lets researchers spy on cells as they gain and lose chemical tags on their DNA.

August 2015

Chromosome 7 flaws alter chemical tags throughout genome

by  /  21 August 2015

Alterations to chromosome 7 lead to changes in the chemical marks that direct gene expression.

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Control centers for genes rife with autism-linked DNA blips

by  /  3 August 2015

DNA sequences called enhancers — which boost the expression of genes from within or outside them — are enriched for genetic variants linked to autism, suggests a new study. The finding may help researchers understand how variants outside genes contribute to autism.

July 2015

New method vets quality of antibodies for experimental use

by  /  15 July 2015

Researchers have devised a reliable technique for evaluating how well antibodies home in on specific molecules in scientific experiments. The new approach could take some of the guesswork out of studies that use antibodies to label and isolate proteins.


Method improves analysis of chemical tags that control genes

by  /  8 July 2015

A new strategy sharpens the analysis of chemical tags on the DNA-protein complexes that regulate gene expression. The method may help researchers decipher how gene expression goes awry in disorders such as autism.

May 2015

Buildup of gene tags may clarify timing of Rett syndrome

by  /  22 May 2015

A new study may help explain why the symptoms of Rett syndrome appear 6 to 18 months after birth. It suggests that the role of MeCP2, the protein missing in the syndrome, becomes more important as the brain matures.


Parents’ DNA tags tied to autism symptoms in toddlers

by  /  14 May 2015

Women who have unusual patterns of chemical tags on their DNA during pregnancy may give birth to children who develop autism symptoms. The preliminary results are being presented today at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.