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Wolf Reik: elucidating epigenetics in early mammalian embryos

The Babraham Institute researcher discusses ELF5, needed technological advancements and the next steps for his research

Wolf Reik, Babraham Institute

Wolf Reik studies at the Babraham Institute at the University of Cambridge. In a recent review,1 he and colleagues discussed how pivotal epigenetic regulators nudge cells into lineage decisions. Nature Reports Stem Cells talked to him about his work and philosophy as a scientist.


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    Hemberger, M., Dean, W. & Reik, W. Epigenetic dynamics of stem cells and cell lineage commitment: digging Waddington's canal. Nature Rev. Mol. Cell Biol. advance online publication, doi:10.1038/nrm2727 (15 July 2009).

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    Ng. R. K. et al. Epigenetic restriction of embryonic cell lineage fate by methylation of Elf5. Nature Cell Biol. 10, 1280–1290 (2008).

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Baker, M. Wolf Reik: elucidating epigenetics in early mammalian embryos. Nat Rep Stem Cells (2009).

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