One possible way that epigenetic DNA changes can pass from one generation to the next generation

This 2015 roundworm study showed one possible way that epigenetic DNA changes could pass from one generation to the next generation:

  • The researchers caused nerve cells to transmit double-stranded RNA to germline cells.
  • The RNA changed the germline cells, and
  • The changes were passed down to the next 25 generations.

This was a new direction that had several known limitations ahead. The researchers didn’t show that this transmission mechanism worked in nature. Also, more complicated species don’t retain most of the epigenetic changes between generations.

However:

http://www.pnas.org/content/112/7/2133.full “Double-stranded RNA made in C. elegans neurons can enter the germline and cause transgenerational gene silencing”

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