Epigenetics: Ri Christmas Advent Calendar 2013 Chromosome 11





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Published on Dec 20, 2013

This video was produced by the Royal Institution as part of their Ri Advent Calendar series on chromosomes, which is supported by BBSRC.

In this video, BBSRC-funded researcher Dr Fatima Santos of the Babraham Institute, which also receives strategic funding from BBSRC, explains how chromosome 11 is an important tool because of its role in understanding epigenetics -- how the expression of genes is controlled and regulated throughout different cells in organisms, all throughout their lives.

Study of epigenetics is also revealing that some of our life experiences, exposure to nutrients, stresses or toxins for example, might even be passed from generation to generation.

BBSRC-funded biologist Alison Woollard's three-part series for the famous Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, entitled 'Life Fantastic', will be broadcast between Christmas and New Year on BBC Four.

The BBSRC-funded 2013 Ri online advent calendar features a different video each day between 1 December and Christmas Eve, to highlight each of the 23 pairs of human chromosomes, and the mitochondrial DNA that make up the building blocks of human life: www.rigb.org.uk/advent

Watch the full series of RI Advent Calendar chromosome videos here:

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