UVa Discovers New Genetic Code

C. David Allis, the Byrd professor of biochemistry at UVa, has co-discovered a second genetic code, the “epigenetic code” that controls genes’ activity. The code is contained in histones, and attaches methyl groups to those histones in order to activate or deactivate the genes. This is a Very Big Deal for genetic engineering. The story is in the new Science magazine, but you can read about it on the front page of today’s Progress.

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