Scientists Map First Complete Human Epigenome, The Driver Of Gene Expression


When scientists mapped the DNA sequence of 3 billion bases in the human genome they uncovered the master blueprint of what makes a human being; now a team in the US has produced a high resolution map of the first complete human epigenome, the driver of gene expression that regulates how all the options offered in the genome are put together to make the unique person that grows in a particular environment. Understanding the epigenome is the key to understanding how genes affect health and disease under the influence of factors like lifestyle, diet and environment.

The work is described in a paper published in the 14 October online issue of Nature.

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