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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To get the low-down on the mysteries of methylation I spoke to one of the
leading experts in the field - Professor Peter Jones.
Robert Plomin at King’s College London has discovered that genetics
makes an unexpectedly large contribution to children's GCSE grades
Mark Zylka has discovered how an overactive version of a molecule called
UBE3A may cause a type of autism.
Adrian Bird is studying the proteins that bind DNA methylation, with the
hope of finding a treatment for the genetic disease Rett Syndrome
Our gene of the month is Lava lamp, named after the hypnotic novelty