This Week in Science

In this week's Science, a team of German and Australian scientists reports new data suggesting that, in fruit flies, mothers pass both genetic and epigenetic information to their offspring. The researchers found that Drosophila oocytes transmit the repressive histone mark H3K27me3 — which is required in the embryo to instruct future gene expression — to their offspring.

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