Somatic mutation in normal development and aging

The accumulation of somatic mutations throughout development and aging is shaped by a variety of mutational processes, resulting in distinctive profiles of genomic contexts, known as “mutational signatures. These mutations create inter-cellular genomic diversity and can serve as endogenous molecular barcodes for tracing developmental lineage. By utilizing state-of-the-art bulk and single-cell sequencing technologies, our team is investigating the mechanisms underlying somatic mutation accumulation in various human tissues, as well as their functional impacts on the transcriptome and epigenome of carrier cells.

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