Epigenetics and Periconception Environment
COST Action FA1201
Fluorescent microscopy image of a blastocyst from horse. By courtesy of Katriens Smits, Ghent University, Belgium
Working Group 3:
Cross-species Epigenetics, Gametogenesis and Embryogenesis

Dr Amos Tandler

Prof Pascale Chavatte-Palmer

To establish the inter-specific differences in their epigenetic  response to environmental and nutritional cues and how subsequent environment and nutrition affects long term responses such as sex control, growth, malformations, metabolism, etc

To compare the potential of animals whose fertilization and embryonic development is external such as fish, limited by a shell such as birds and that of mammalians whose fertilization and embryonic development are internal, in order to develop model species

To identify and evaluate the use of factors that promote epigenetic response in lower vertebrates such as fish for improved growth and health and quality in fish and farm animals

To establish protocols for in vitro models for testing of epigenetic  responses to chemical (pollutants) and nutritional factors 

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