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Imprinting (Mammals)

  1. M Azim Surani

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001206



How to Cite

Surani, M. A. 2001. Imprinting (Mammals). eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Wellcome CRC Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Genomic imprinting confers functional differences on parental genomes in mammals. This is due to germ line-specific modifications of imprinted genes that regulate their parent of origin dependent expression in embryos.


  • DNA methylation;
  • imprinted genes;
  • germ line;
  • cis element