Epigenetics and the Importance of Being Random

The work being done in cancer epigenetics not only introduces substantial complications into the scientific understanding of cancer, and of genetics in general, but perhaps even more substantial complications of the politics and policy of cancer because of the way it shifts attention back towards the nexus of genes and their environments.

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Epigenetics: The Next Frontier for Cancer Research

The unique perspective from epigenetics in cancer as compared to the more conventional dichotomy of genes versus the environment are particularly noticeable in the discussions of a recent paper by Cristian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein[2] on the causes of cancer which has already generated a significant amount of controversy