Using chemical compounds to alter gene expression and levels of fluorescent proteins.
Aim: In our lab meeting we discussed using chemical drugs to alter the epigenetic marks in my cells. This might result in increased expression of our collagen gene.
Drug to test: 5-Azacytidine
This drug inhibits DNA methylation, an epigenetic modification that can stop genes being expressed. It is also used as a treatment in the clinic for various cancers.