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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Parental imprinting is yet another non-Mendelian phenomenon.
Chapter 4, by Reik and Dean, presents the relationship between DNA methylation and other epigenomic mechanisms, and chapter 9 provides a thoughtful analysis of the possible causal relationship between gene expression and DNA methylation with heavy emphasis on parental imprinting.

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