Genetics

Genetics is the branch of science concerned with genes, heredity, and variation in living organisms. It seeks to understand the process of trait inheritance from parents to offspring, including the molecular structure and function of genes, gene behaviour in the context of a cell or organism (e.g. dominance and epigenetics), gene distribution, and variation and change in populations.

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    A limitation of data obtained from RNA-seq experiments is the presence of different types of cell expression, making it difficult to identify the contribution of cell-type composition or cell-type-specific expression. A new study addresses this problem by proposing a method for cell-type-aware analysis of RNA-seq data.

    • Dvir Aran
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    The nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase (NuRD) complex is a chromatin modifier with a key role in the switch from fetal to adult hemoglobin. In a new study, Vinjamur et al. identify a fetal hemoglobin repressor, ZNF410, which does not directly bind the γ-globin promoter but acts through highly specific regulation of CHD4, a protein subunit of the NuRD complex, thus presenting a potential approach for therapeutic reactivation of fetal hemoglobin.

    • Laxminath Tumburu
    •  & Swee Lay Thein
  • Editorial |

    From the June 2021 issue onwards, Nature Reviews Genetics will publish Journal Club articles, which explore a historical scientific publication that has served as inspiration to the author.

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    Chromosomal instability (CIN) is a hallmark of malignant evolution that underpins cancer progression and therapeutic evasion. There are few established experimental systems to study CIN and ultimately develop potential therapeutic options. A new study now identifies the MSL chromatin complex as a potential vulnerability against CIN in cancer cells.

    • Ali Motazedian
    •  & Mark A. Dawson
    Nature Cell Biology 23, 295-296