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In Nature this week, a team of researchers from across the US present a comprehensive analysis of the genome-wide chromatin landscape of Drosophila melanogaster, based on 18 histone modifications and summarized by nine prevalent combinatorial patterns. Active genes display distinct chromatin signatures that are correlated with "disparate gene lengths, exon patterns, regulatory functions and genomic contexts," the authors write.

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