Mysterious methylation – Naked Genetics 15.08.14

DNA methylation (c) Christoph Bock (Max Planck Institute for Informatics)

There’s more to life than the four letters of DNA, and our cells use a chemical tag known as DNA methylation to mark out certain parts of the genome, helping cells to remember what they’re doing. And, as you might expect, it’s pretty important. Plus, how your GCSE success could be encoded in your genes, an important molecular cause of autism identified, and an illuminating gene of the month.

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  • methylcytosine (c)

    01:07 – Peter Jones – DNA methylation

    To get the low-down on the mysteries of methylation I spoke to one of the
    leading experts in the field – Professor Peter Jones.

  • school child learning (c)  Phil Roeder / Greenwood Elementary School

    09:52 – Robert Plomin – GCSE genes

    Robert Plomin at King’s College London has discovered that genetics
    makes an unexpectedly large contribution to children’s GCSE grades

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