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Imprinting

The process by which certain mammalian genes are switched off during early embryo development, according to whether they were inherited from the father or mother.



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New gene silencing method discovered

24 July 2017 - by Helen Robertson

US scientists have identified a new mechanism by which genes are silenced, or 'imprinted' during early embryonic development... [Read More]

Scientist warns of 'timebomb' of health problems for IVF babies

22 February 2016 - by Ryan Ross

The use of IVF technologies could be storing up future health problems for children born through the technique, according to an evolutionary biologist... [Read More]

It's Dad's fault: mice 'use' genetic mutations inherited from fathers more

09 March 2015 - by James Brooks

The idea that all of us - men and women - are chips off the paternal block has been given some scientific credence by a study in mice... [Read More]

Radio Review: Exchanges at the Frontier - Genomics

23 February 2015 - by Isobel Steer

Within the first minute, it is already clear that genomic sequencing is something of a Pandora's Box; or, as AC Grayling calls it, 'a modern dilemma'... [Read More]

Timing of puberty controlled by genes

28 July 2014 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

Researchers have identified genetic factors that are involved in determining the age at which a child reaches puberty, in a genome-wide study looking at over 182,000 women... [Read More]

Course Review: Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression

30 September 2013 - by Marco Narajos

There is definitely great scope for expansion in genetics education through online courses, but these should be tailored towards the student's pace, however leisurely that might be... [Read More]

Event Review: It's All in the Genes - Medical Genetics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

28 May 2013 - by David O'Rourke

Medical genetics has changed how we think about diagnosis and treatment in almost every field of medicine. At an evening event hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), medical genetics teamed up with obstetrics and gynaecology to explore the impact of genetics on the diagnosis of ovarian and breast cancer.... [Read More]

Autism mechanism goes beyond genes

29 April 2013 - by Dr Daniel Grimes

A study on identical twins with distinct autistic traits suggests that epigenetic factors may be important in understanding how the neurological disorder develops... [Read More]

Higher birth weight linked to mum's genes

26 March 2012 - by Dr Daniel Grimes

A gene variant passed down from the mother has been linked to heavier newborns, according to scientists... [Read More]

Progress Educational Trust Conference: Growing Concern?

19 December 2011 - by Mila Roode

The consequences of assisted reproductive technology (ART) are a matter of great concern, whether this is the development of the embryo, the perinatal health of the mother, or the ongoing health of the child.... [Read More]

Scientists uncover 'key gene' linked to regulation of body fat

23 May 2011 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

Scientists say they have found a 'master regulator' gene, KLF14, which controls how active some fat metabolism genes are in your fat cells.... [Read More]

Transferring single embryos: Education ain't enough

23 May 2011 - by Dr Alan Thornhill

When asked why having twins isn't a good idea, I struggle. I start trotting out the party line, the obstetric risks and risks to the babies themselves, and then begin to shuffle my feet. It's complicated, I say, hoping they will move onto another topic... [Read More]

Radio Review: Frontiers - Epigenetics

13 December 2010 - by Professor Sandy Raeburn

This Frontiers programme challenged three genetic dogmas. The presenter quoted a recent Observer headline on epigenetics: 'Why everything we were told about evolution was wrong!'... [Read More]

Book Review: The Imprinted Brain - How Genes Set the Balance Between Autism and Psychosis

13 April 2010 - by Ruth Pidsley

The Imprinted Brain sets out a startling new theory that could reshape the way we think about the human brain... [Read More]

A link between male infertility and epigenetic disorders in ART babies?

11 December 2009 - by Dr Rosalind M John

The aim of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is to achieve a single most important goal, the birth of a healthy child. ART is responsible for the birth of over 200,000 children each year worldwide. In the most common form of infertility treatment - IVF - the woman's eggs are collected and then combined with the man's sperm in a petri dish. The successfully fertilised eggs are then transferred into the woman's womb. In ... [Read More]

Epigenetics: responding to life by switching genes on and off

07 December 2009 - by Dr Aarathi Prasad

Session 3 of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference (PET), held on Wednesday 18 November 2009 at Clifford Chance, was chaired by Professor Dian Donnai,Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of Manchester, and started with a talk by Karen Temple, Professor of Medical Genetics and Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics at the University of Southampton and Wessex Clinical Genetics Service. Professor Temple gave an intriguing talk on the influence of parent... [Read More]

Sperm linked to ART-related genetic disorders

07 December 2009 - by Dr Vivienne Raper

Mutations in sperm used for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) may be responsible for causing the rare genetic disorders associated with these techniques... [Read More]

New study on genetic risks of IVF

23 February 2009 - by Sarah Pritchard

A large study has investigated the potential genetic risks to children conceived by in vitro fertilisation (IVF). It confirms earlier research indicating that babies born following assisted conception have a small increased risk of certain genetic health problems. The New York Times reports that in November last... [Read More]

The medium is the message: assisted conception and the role of the media

08 September 2008 - by Professor Marcus Pembrey

The Medium is the Message' - a phrase coined by Marshal McLuhan in 1964 - implies that the type of presentation as much as the content of the message determines what gets incorporated into personal and societal views. This 'spin' element has and continues to be a significant component in the media... [Read More]

New study links birth defects with fertility treatments

16 February 2007 - by MacKenna Roberts

Contrary to some earlier findings, a large Canadian study links an increase in birth defects with babies born through fertility treatments. According to the results of the study, which was presented at a Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting in San Francisco, the overall risk appears minimal - less... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item

From Imprinting to the Epigenome in 25 years
04 September 2009  Lecture Theatre, Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1RD; Kings College, University of Cambridge, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST, UK
An event celebrating the discovery of imprinting in mammals 25 years ago...
Pacific Rim Society for Fertility and Sterility Conference
20 August 2009  Taipei International Convention Centre, 1 Hsin Yi Road, Section 5, Taipei 11049, Taiwan
The 7th Conference of the Pacific Rim Society for Fertility and Sterility...


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