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.


History, Part I: A Brief History of Epigenetics

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) In the history of modern Western evolutionary theory, the first use of the term epigenetics is generally attributed to Conrad Waddington in an article published in 1942.[1]  In this article Waddington used epigenetics as the name for the study of the causal mechanisms through which genes bring about their phenotypic effects and … Continue reading History, Part I: A Brief History of Epigenetics