NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A Whitehead Institute team this week reported a new technique for tracking changes in DNA methylation in individual live cells in real time, allowing for the dynamic monitoring of a process that has previously only been viewed in static images.

According to the researchers, the method — dubbed reporter of genomic methylation (RGM — is expected to not only help gain a better understanding of methylation but also enable efforts to develop drugs that target the DNA-modification process.

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