Epigenetics and Drug Discovery: The Missing Link?

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) (This post was also featured by the genomics-focused multimedia outlet Front Line Genomics on February 4, 2015, available here. Front Line Genomics have also invited me to write a guest piece for their magazine about epigenetics and cancer, so stay tuned for that as well.) In a recent post titled “Phenotype matters!”, Robert Plenge, … Continue reading Epigenetics and Drug Discovery: The Missing Link?

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Early Life Nutrition, Epigenetics and Programming of Later Life Disease

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Early Life Nutrition, Epigenetics and Programming of Later Life Disease Author: Mark H. Vickers Journal: Nutrient Publication Date: June 2, 2014 Affiliation: Liggins Institute and Gravida, National Centre for Growth and Development, University of Auckland, 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland 1142, New Zealand Policy Implications: This paper is a review of the human and … Continue reading Early Life Nutrition, Epigenetics and Programming of Later Life Disease

Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics III: Genetics and the Rise of Christianity

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics I Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics II Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics IV The previous section established the historical foundations of the concept of the autonomous ‘self’ upon which are constructed both modern ethics and contemporary genetics. This section will continue the historical elaboration of this concept, focusing on the … Continue reading Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics III: Genetics and the Rise of Christianity

Ben Laufer and His Comments on “Gene Sequence but not Structure?”

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Ben Laufer, an epigeneticist specializing in the effects of fetal alcohol exposure, recently left a comment to a recent post I wrote on the costs of excluding considerations of epigenetics when sequencing genomes for diagnostic and predictive purposes. One main point of this original post is that not only is gene sequence important … Continue reading Ben Laufer and His Comments on “Gene Sequence but not Structure?”

Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics II: The Ancient Greeks and then the Romans

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) In addition to the potential to unify the biological sciences and the social and the life sciences as discussed here, the first post in this series proposes that  epigenetics also has the potential to unify the seemingly opposed ethical poles of anthropocentricism and nonanthropocentricism in environmental ethics through the common intellectual heritage shared by the modern Western concept of … Continue reading Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics II: The Ancient Greeks and then the Romans

Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics I

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) As first discussed in this previous post, Dr. Randy Jirtle makes the provocative assertion that epigenetics presents a unique possibility for unifying the life sciences. Jirtle then suggests that epigenetics also provides a bridge between the social and the life sciences. I believe that the epigenetics presents another possibility for unification in still yet another domain: … Continue reading Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics I

Gene Sequence but not Structure? The Costs of Excluding Epigenetics from Genomics

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) (Thanks for stopping by and reading this post. I’ve linked to a number of other resources in this post, so check those out as well. When you’re done, leave a comment and let me—and the others who read this post—know what you think. This post is attracting a lot of attention from … Continue reading Gene Sequence but not Structure? The Costs of Excluding Epigenetics from Genomics