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Cellular memory erased in human embryos

Nature volume 511, pages 540541 (31 July 2014) | Download Citation

Two analyses of human eggs, sperm and early-stage embryos reveal a pronounced loss of DNA methylation — a molecular modification that affects gene transcription — after fertilization. See Letters p.606 & p.611

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  1. Wolf Reik and Gavin Kelsey are in the Epigenetics Programme, Babraham Institute, Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge CB22 3AT, UK, and at the Centre for Trophoblast Research, University of Cambridge.

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  2. W.R. is also at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge.

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