Paramutation-like features of multiple natural epialleles in tomato

Quentin Gouil & David Baulcombe
Abstract Background Freakish and rare or the tip of the iceberg? Both phrases have been used to refer to paramutation, an epigenetic drive that contravenes Mendelâ s first law of segregation. Although its underlying mechanisms are beginning to unravel, its understanding relies only on a few examples that may involve transgenes or artificially generated epialleles. Results By using DNA methylation of introgression lines as an indication of past paramutation, we reveal that the paramutation-like properties...
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