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Evidence for paternal effects transmitted through the germline

Grundel, DAJ (2017) Evidence for paternal effects transmitted through the germline. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Parental effects are recognised as an important regulator of phenotypic plasticity. Maternal effects are considered to be the most abundant and important parental effect. Paternal effects, on the other hand, are regarded as a rare phenomenon and only considered important in species with paternal care. Germline transmitted paternal effects (GTPE) were thought to be non-existent due to the limitations of the information carrying ability of sperm cells. However, by using IVF protocols recent studies showed compelling evidence for the existence of GTPEs. Furthermore, some light was shed on three epigenetic mechanisms that facilitate GTPEs: DNA methylation, chromatin structure modification and regulatory RNAs.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 08:27
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 08:27

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