January 11, 2013

The New Age of Epigenetics

Timothy Spector, Project Syndicate


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Fifty-one years ago, James Watson, Maurice Wilkins, and Francis Crick were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discovery of DNA’s structure – a breakthrough that heralded the age of the gene. Since then, the field of genetics has advanced significantly, particularly as a result of the global Human Genome Project, which in 2003 identified all of the roughly 23,000 genes and three billion chemical base pairs in human DNA in order to screen for many rare diseases.

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TAGGED: Twin Study, Human Genome, Genes, DNA, Epigenetics