Friday, March 27, 2015

Nature goes beyond the genome with epigenetics

The science journal "Nature" has a put together a special page on epigenetics. They also made this pretty cool video, explaining the concept. I find this stuff fascinating.

"epigenetics collectively describes changes in the regulation of gene expression that can be passed on to a cell’s progeny but are not due to changes to the nucleotide sequence of the gene."

"Tackling disease using information on the genome alone has been like trying to work with one hand tied behind the back. The new trove of epigenomic data frees the other hand. It will not provide all the answers. But it could help researchers decide which questions to ask."

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