Losing Heterochromatin to Determine Cell Fate
Chromatin StructureDevelopmental Biology & Stem Cells

Losing Heterochromatin to Determine Cell Fate

In the moments after fertilization, the tiny mass that is the embryo sets in motion developmental programs that will transform it into a human being. One of the earliest steps in human development is the formation of the germ layers. Humans and other animals in the Chordata phylum, have three …

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DNA Methylation and HydroxymethylationTools & Technology

Genome-Wide 5-mC & 5-hmC Sequencing Guide

It is now well established that the classic genetic code is not sufficient to explain many complex phenotypes and causes of human diseases. Epigenetic modifications to DNA, such as methylcytosine (5-mC) and hydroxymethylcytosine (5-hmC), must also be considered as they can have profound effects on gene expression and are important …

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DNA Methylation and HydroxymethylationTools & Technology

Epigenetics for All! New Tools Available for Genome-Wide Epigenetic Analysis

Zymo Research Corporation, The Epigenetics Company, recently expanded their services for genetic, epigenetic, and expression analysis.  As one of the pioneers in the field and with over a decade of experience in epigenetics research, Zymo Research started offering unique services for genome-wide DNA methylation analysis two years ago.  Since then, …

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Chromatin StructureDevelopmental Biology & Stem CellsHistone Modifications

Chromatin Density Matters

Histone methylation mediated by polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) is involved in numerous biological processes, including cell differentiation, proliferation, and stem cell plasticity. Enhancer of Zeste homolog 2 (Ezh2), a subunit of PRC2, is a histone methyltransferase that specifically methylates histone H3 on lysine 27 (H3K27) and regulates polycomb gene …

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