PULLMAN, Wash. – Zebrafish exposed to very low levels of methylmercury as embryos not only passed on toxic effects of the chemical exposure to their offspring, but also to the third generation, according to a study that investigated both epigenetic changes – chemical modifications to the DNA – and abnormal neuro-behavior associated with exposure.
By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers say environmental factors are having an underappreciated effect on the course of disease and evolution by prompting genetic mutations through epigenetics, a process by which genes are turned on and off independent of an organism’s DNA sequence.
Dr. Robin Lovell-Badge
OROFINO – The Center for Reproductive Biology (CRB) annual retreat is May 14 at the Best Western Lodge at River’s Edge. The retreat is open to WSU/UI CRB members only.
Presenting the Keynote Address is renowned geneticist, leading researcher in sex determination and head of the Division of Developmental Genetics at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in London, Dr. Robin Lovell-Badge. In 1991 Lovell-Badge’s work led to the critical discovery of Sry as the testis-inducing locus in mammals and over the past two decades he has continued to spearhead efforts … » More …