Dissecting the forces that govern epigenetic memory

The model plant Arabidopsis thaliana shows a striking natural variation in a key epigenetic marker. Researchers from the Nordborg group at the Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences sought to uncover what causes this variation. In a new study, the researchers demonstrate that a strong interplay between genetics and the environment may play an important role. The results were published on May 4 in PLoS Genetics.

Arabidopsis thaliana flower. Peggy Greb, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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