Latest Computational epigenetics Stories

2011-06-02 13:39:37

The study may allow finding the unknown origin of metastasis and improving treatments Until a decade, it was believed that differences between people were due solely to the existence of genetic changes, which are alterations in the sequence of our genes. The discoveries made during these last ten years show that beings with the same genetics like the twins and cloned animals may have different characteristics and disease due to epigenetic changes. Epigenetics involves chemical signatures that...

2009-08-14 14:07:45

Brown University and other scientists have taken the first steps toward mapping epigenetic variability in cells and tissues. Mapping the human epigenome, similar to the human genome project in the 1990s, could someday allow for quicker and more precise disease diagnoses and more targeted treatments of many chronic ailments.Details are published online in the latest edition of PLoS Genetics.Epigenetics, a relatively new endeavor in science, refers to the control of the patterns of gene...

2008-06-30 15:02:21

U.S. scientists say they might have found the genetic cause of so-called late onset diseases. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University discovered epigenetic marks on DNA -- chemical marks other than the DNA sequence -- change over a person's lifetime and the degree of change is similar among family members. The scientists suggest that overall genome health is heritable and that epigenetic changes occurring over one's lifetime might explain why disease susceptibility increases with age....

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