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This week in PNAS, researchers from New Jersey and Wisconsin say that palmitoylation controls the dynamics of heterochromatin in budding yeast via the telomere-binding protein Rif1. The posttranslational addition of palmitate to cysteines in eukaryotic cells anchors target proteins to membranes, the authors write.

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