Recent Examples of epigenetics from the Web
There are already several molecules targeting human epigenetics in a similar way under preclinical development or in clinical trials.
For one, the hot new field of epigenetics has made Lysenko-like ideas fashionable.
In an essay for Nautilus about his own impoverished upbringing, Christian Cooper cited emerging—and controversial—science about the epigenetics of poverty.
The Salk’s Joseph Ecker co-authored a study that identified a method of controlling gene activity, in the field of epigenetics, that had been observed in plants.
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medical Definition of epigenetics
- 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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