Microbes seen controlling action of host’s genes

“Duke researchers have shown that microbes can control the actions of their animal hosts by manipulating the molecular machinery of animal cells, triggering patterns of gene expression that consequently contribute […]

Lupus Studies Point to Gut Microbes, Epigenetics

“We have thought for a long time that lupus and other autoimmune and inflammatory diseases like it are caused by both genetic and environmental factors and their interactions. Epigenetic modifications, […]

Epigenetic changes with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

“The study, which looks at epigenetic changes in people with CFS, is the first to identify differences in sensitivity to a hormone found in the body. Epigenetic changes can be […]

Viruses in genome important for our brain

“…They have determined that several thousands of the retroviruses that have established themselves in our genome may serve as “docking platforms” for a protein called TRIM28. This protein has the […]

High-sugar diet programs a short lifespan in flies

“Even while feeding on a healthy diet, the flies that had previously eaten a high-sugar diet started to die earlier, and on average had 7% shorter lifespans. This was caused […]

Overweight affects DNA methylation

“The extra pounds you gain during the holidays will not only show up on your hips but will also affect your DNA. This is the result of a large-scale international […]