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epigenetics

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noun plural but singular in construction epi·ge·net·ics \-iks\

Medical Definition of epigenetics

  1. :  the study of heritable changes in gene function that do not involve changes in DNA sequence <At its most basic, epigenetics is the study of changes in gene activity that do not involve alterations to the genetic code but still get passed down to at least one successive generation.—John Cloud, Time, 18 Jan. 2010> <Epigenetics is the study of the chemical groups that stick to DNA and act as switches to turn genes on and off.—New Scientist, 7 July 2006>




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