Was 2006 a Good Year for Epigenetics?

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Epigenetics, the study of heritable changes not involving changes in DNA sequence, saw a huge boost in public awareness in 2006. There were a number of high profile discoveries in the realm of epigenetics that were unveiled (or progressed) in 2006, which aid in increasing awareness of the field as a legitimate avenue to exciting advancements such as cancer treatment, early screening for cancer, the fetal basis of disease, and epigenetic inheritance in mammals.

  • The Journal of Epigenetics made its debut in 2006, which offers a new venue for topics such as DNA methylation, maternal and paternal imprinting, and histone modifications.
  • Discover Magazine featured a cover story on epigenetics, informing the larger public about the major advances that epigenetics is having on various areas of science and health.
  • Epigenomics, the company developing cancer screening tests based on DNA methylation-based biomarkers, made good progress during 2006, but encountered major setbacks during the latter half of the year. It will be interesting to see how Epigenomics fairs in 2007.
  • A new voice for epigenetics emerged in the form of a blog that aims to cover discoveries and advances in this sparsely covered field.

There were a number of other advances in epigenetics in 2006 that will be discussed in an upcoming post.

Update: Part 2 is now available.

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