Human-Specific Histone Methylation Signatures Found in Prefrontal Cortex | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – There are hundreds of genomic regions that are uniquely regulated in the human brain as compared to other primates, an international team of researchers reported in PLOS Biology this week.

The researchers homed in on the prefrontal cortex of the brain as it is involved in complex cognitive functions, and changes to its transcriptome are thought to be behind human cognitive abilities as well as disorders.

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