- Researchers unveiled the map of the “epigenome” in the journal Nature on Wednesday, alongside nearly two dozen related papers. The mapping effort is being carried out under a 10-year, $240 million U.S. government research program, the Roadmap Epigenomics Project, which was launched in 2008.
- The human genome is the blueprint for building an individual person. The epigenome can be thought of as the cross-outs and underlinings of that blueprint: For example, if someone’s genome contains DNA associated with cancer, but that DNA is “crossed out” by molecules in the epigenome, the DNA is unlikely to lead to cancer.
- Because scientists involved in the project have been depositing their findings in a public database as they went along, other researchers have been analyzing the information even before the map was formally published.
Scientists Map the Epigenome, Our Second Genetic Code
2. 19. 15 by Alex Klokus