parental imprinting


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parental imprinting

[pə¦ren·təl ′im‚print·iŋ]
(genetics)
The condition whereby the extent of gene expression depends upon the sex of the parent that transmits the gene. Also known as genomic imprinting.
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This epigenetic phenomenon is termed parental imprinting (Jirtle & Weidman, 2007).
The best known examples of epigenetics are paramutation and parental imprinting.
Since Sam has handled most of Hally's parental imprinting -- the boy's drunken father is in and out of hospitals -- more than homework will be tackled on this particular afternoon.

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