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Glossary

Epigenetics

The science of enduring (but ultimately reversible) changes in the pattern of gene activity, during embryo development and beyond, that do not involve alteration of the DNA sequence. These changes occur in response to conditions within the embryo and more generally.



Articles using this Glossary Item

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Epigenetics of addiction relapse probed using rats

02 October 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Researchers have identified how the likelihood of cocaine addiction relapse is influenced by epigenetic changes in rats... [Read More]

Book Review: How to Code a Human

18 September 2017 - by Mikey Lebrett

Genomics may herald a bright future - for those who understand it. But what about those who do not? Dr Kat Arney's new book 'How to Code a Human' is a beautiful example of how complicated genetic topics can be simplified and clarified to make them understandable and enjoyable for the least-scientific of readers.... [Read More]

Environmental chemicals affect sperm epigenetics

18 September 2017 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

A type of chemical found in various personal beauty products and plastics may affect sperm and lower reproductive success, according to a new study... [Read More]

Deficient diet linked to schizophrenia symptoms in mice

11 September 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Mice deprived of two essential fatty acids during pregnancy give birth to pups with schizophrenia-like symptoms... [Read More]

Podcast Review: Editing the Embryo - removing harmful gene mutations

04 September 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor

As a scientist working in a fertility clinic, my normal everyday work routine is occasionally punctuated by the ripple effect that occurs when reports of a new groundbreaking reproductive technology enters the public consciousness. I am soon inundated with questions... [Read More]

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]

Older fathers may have less success with IVF

03 July 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The success of IVF in women under the age of 40 may be affected by the age of their male partners, suggests a US study... [Read More]

Drinking tea alters women's epigenetics

05 June 2017 - by Cara Foley

Researchers have found that drinking tea may affect gene expression in women... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Secrets Inside Your Cells - Epigenetics, Trauma and Ancestry

08 May 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner

The Human Genome Project, completed in April 2003, greatly improved our ability to study human health and disease. It also provided a deeper insight into our history and evolution as a species. Yet a recent episode of the 'Science Friction' radio show, presented by Natasha Mitchell on Australia’s ABC Radio, delved further into these fascinating topics through the lens of the new and emerging field of epigenetics.

Autism linked to grandmothers' smoking

02 May 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A higher likelihood of autism spectrum disorder and autistic traits have been linked to maternal grandmothers smoking while pregnant... [Read More]

Babies born through IVF have higher cancer rates

02 May 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

Children born through IVF are at an increased risk of some childhood cancers, suggests a new study... [Read More]

Book Review: Introducing Epigenetics - A Graphic Guide

27 February 2017 - by Annabel Slater

'Introducing Epigenetics: A graphic guide' is a mini-textbook pitched as a non-fiction comic book. Despite the colourful cover and perky graphics inside, this book does not make for light reading... [Read More]

ACMG recommends caution on genome editing

06 February 2017 - by Rachel Siden

The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics has published a statement recommending caution over the clinical application of genome editing... [Read More]

Gene therapy 'reverses ageing' in mice

19 December 2016 - by Sarah Gregory

Gene therapy can reverse the effects of ageing in mice, researchers claim... [Read More]

Regeneration of oocytes from discarded genetic material: will this double IVF success rates?

28 November 2016 - by Dr Philip Lewis and Professor Daniel Brison

A major factor limiting the effectiveness of IVF is the availability of high-quality egg cells from a patient. But new research suggests that the use of polar bodies might create two oocytes for the price of one... [Read More]

Therapeutic editing of the human genome – Jewish bioethical perspectives

14 November 2016 - by Dr Avi Lerner

Jewish bioethics may help to broaden the discussion of the ethical concerns that emerge from editing the human genome... [Read More]

Old drugs: new eggs?

07 November 2016 - by Bethany Muller and Dr Roger Sturmey

Ten years ago, the claim that treatment with cancer drugs can 'grow new eggs' would have been met with incredulity. But a recent study has raised the possibility that ovarian stem cells may be capable of providing new eggs in later life... [Read More]

Epigenetic sperm test sheds light on male infertility

31 October 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright

The US start-up Episona has produced an epigenetic sperm test, which it claims can determine whether sperm will produce 'good' or 'poor' quality embryos... [Read More]

Vitamins A and C erase cell memory to create stem cells

17 October 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

Vitamins A and C help to convert adult cells into stem cells by performing a cell 'reset', erasing their epigenetic memory, a study has found... [Read More]

Epigenetics could predict life expectancy

10 October 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright

A person's 'epigenetic age' can predict how long they will live, according to a study of over 13,000 individuals... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item

Epigenetics: Where Life Meets the Genome
10 November 2010 10am-5.30pm Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG, UK
The Annual Conference of the Galton Institute...
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...


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