NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Investigators at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and NYU plan to use a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how histones may be involved in cancer and diabetes, NYU-Poly said today.

The research team plans to use computational chemistry and protein engineering approaches to study these scaffolding proteins, which are modified by enzymes called histone acetyltransferases, or HATs. Those changes can then affect gene expression.

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