An ambitious EC-funded research initiative on epigenetics advancing towards systems biology 101

Article in Nature

Elphège P. Nora, Bryan R. Lajoie, Edda G. Schulz, Luca Giorgetti, Ikuhiro Okamoto, Nicolas Servant, Tristan Piolot, Nynke L. van Berkum, Johannes Meisig, John Sedat, Joost Gribnau Emmanuel Barillot, Nils Blüthgen, Job Dekker & Edith Heard. Nature. 2012 Apr 11.

Interview with Elphège P. Nora, Edda G. Schulz, and Luca Giorgetti from Edith Heard's lab at Institut Curie in Paris, France about their recent publication in Nature.

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1:30 An introduction to Xist
2:08 Why use 5C?
2:28 What are TADs (topologically associating domains)?
4:20 The “ah-ha” moment
5:30 Identifying other trans-acting factors
7:15 Bringing “wet” experimental biologists and “dry” computational biologists together
8:41 How might this model of topological organization of Xist be applicable to other systems?


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