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expert reaction to Chemistry Nobel Prize

The 2017 Chemistry Nobel Prize as been awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.
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expert reaction to paper on mechanisms of ageing

A paper published in the journal Science has reported changes in the structure of heterochromatin, a tightly packed form of DNA, as a potential cause of human ageing. Building on previous research, the authors used a model of premature ageing and put forward a number of specific protein which may be responsible for the changes. read more

expert reaction to male fruit fly diets and obesity in their offspring

Researchers studying the effects of the paternal diet of male fruit flies on the metabolic epigenetic and phenotypic profiles of their offspring have published their findings in the journal Cell. They report that short-term changes to sugar intake of the father were able to influence obesity of future offspring. read more

epigenetics: past, present and future

It is 25 years since scientists first determined that there might be heritable biological information separate from DNA – that there might be another inheritance ‘code’ in addition to what we understand within classical genetics. As the field of ‘epigenetics’ matures, research in this area is fundamentally changing the way we think about normal development and disease. The SMC invited two leading experts in this field to brief the media, in advance of an international meeting being held in Cambridge on 4-6th September, addressing questions including how the field of epigenetics has developed since the original discoveries of 1984, and what breakthroughs we can expect in the future. read more

genetic modification of human embryos for research

The Science Media Centre asked scientists to respond to comments made by the pressure group Human Genetics Alert, which expressed concern over the creation of genetically modified human embryos for research purposes. read more

epigenetics – the post-genomic era

Background briefing on ‘epigenetics’ – a phenomenon that adds a new level of complexity to the way genes are turned on and off, hinting at how our environment can change the way genes are expressed and may have a lasting impact on future generations. read more

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