Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What Comes After Genetics?

Guest post from James Todd, host of Duke's online "Office Hours" program.

Just when you thought you had a grip on genetics and genomics, there's this new thing called "epigenetics” that is becoming increasingly prominent.

One of the pioneers of this new field is Duke's Randy Jirtle. (visit his lab’s website)

Two years ago, the National Institutes of Health announced that it planned to provided $190 million in funding for epigenetics research over five years, as part of its Roadmap Epigenomics Program. Recent stories by NOVA, Time and the Washington Post have highlighted the importance of the field.

So what is epigenetics? Jirtle gives a definition in this video.

Curious to learn more? You can also watch Jirtle’s recent “Office Hours” interview.

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