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Writing cell memory: how Histones play a role in Epigenetic Memory

Expression of a correct set of genes at the right time is crucial for cells to maintain their cell-type specific function. Epigenetic cell memory supports maintenance of such gene expression programs, with specific chromatin states regulating which genes to express or to keep silent. Chromatin... click to read more

  • Valentin Flury | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Copenhagen
  • Anja Groth | Professor at University of Copenhagen
Views 900
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 4, 2023
Stressful memories help plants resist caterpillars

Global yields of major food crops, such as rice and wheat, are estimated to be reduced by one fifth due to damage from pests and diseases. Chemical pesticides are currently the primary control strategy in agriculture. Unfortunately, these chemicals can be harmful to human health... click to read more

Views 868
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 2, 2023
Age-induced unsealing of the "Pandora's box": resurrection of endogenous retroviruses

Human evolution is like a tightrope walker with viruses – in a delicate balance. Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), once part of ancient retroviral infections, are now permanently fixed in our genome. Most of them, including human ERVs (HERVs), like landmines buried in the past, accumulate mutations... click to read more

Views 530
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 20, 2023
How behavior can transcend generations

The brain is a specialized organ that interprets information about the surroundings and translates it into behavior, allowing animals to cope with their dynamic environments. Ever since antiquity, thinkers (and helpless parents) have suggested that the activity of one's brain could somehow impact the fate... click to read more

  • Itai Antoine Toker | PhD student at Department of Neurobiology, Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Views 6291
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 10, 2019
How early-life adversity gets under the skin

Many women experience mental health problems during pregnancy and this can have health consequences for the unborn child. Indeed, a wealth of research findings have now shown that women with depression and anxiety in pregnancy are more likely to give birth prematurely, to have a... click to read more

  • Joanne Ryan | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), Melbourne, Australia
Views 4838
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 19, 2016