oxytocin

Virus-driven mutation or amino acid substitution

A computer program just ranked the most influential brain scientists of the modern era Excerpt: “My first thought was, ‘Who could I tell without appearing immodest?’” he said. “I then realized the only people who would want to hear about this are my children!” My comment: Oxytocin-related peptides are 9-13 amino acids long, but they can be recognized in genomic sequences. That allows them to be placed into the context of claims that link the nutrient energy-dependent de novo creation…

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De novo DNA methylation?

Epigenomics and the control of fate, form and function in social insects Excerpt: “De novo DNA methylation is critical for developmental divergence of female larvae towards the honeybee worker caste and is progressive [49,51].” de novo is a Latin expression meaning “from the beginning DNA methylation does not automagically occur. From the beginning, it has been nutrient-dependent and RNA-directed. Nutrient-dependent RNA-directed DNA methylation links the epigenetic landscape to the physical landscape of DNA in the organized genomes of species from…

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