Some Genes Don’t Turn On Until After You Die

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Some Genes Don’t Turn On Until After You Die

Typically, when a person’s heart stops beating, they’re pronounced dead. But don’t tell that to their genes, some of which only come to life two days after they’ve kicked the bucket.

In fact, hundreds of genes suddenly started churning out messenger RNA, which sends a signal to various cellular machines to start making the stuff of life, such as proteins. Peter Noble and Alex Pozhitkov, both at the University of Washington, discovered this life-after-death scenario in mice and zebrafish.

For the full story see: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/body/some-genes-dont-turn-on-until-after-you-die/