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?”

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Epigenetics as a Bridge Between the Natural and the Social Sciences?

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) As I say in the introductory page of this blog, my interest in epigenetics is both in the science but also in the historical, political and philosophical aspects of epigenetics. However, while the science is already extensively discussed and debated in academic journals and the blogosphere, these other more political and philosophical … Continue reading Epigenetics as a Bridge Between the Natural and the Social Sciences?

Epigenetics in the Media versus Academia

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) In a previous post I looked at the publication rates of articles on epigenetics in Science magazine. I picked Science as a measure of the exposure of the science-informed public to epigenetics. The take-home point from that post is that attention to epigenetics by this segment of the population is increasing at an increasing rate. However, there … Continue reading Epigenetics in the Media versus Academia

Epigenetics in Science magazine

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Consider the number of articles on genetics published by Science over the past fifty years: The number of articles per year was relatively steady through the 1960s and 1970s, climbed steadily through the 1980s, and appears to have peaked in the mid '90s. Although comparing genetics and epigenetics is kind of like apples … Continue reading Epigenetics in Science magazine