Methylation's Moment

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With the monster challenge that was deciphering the human genome sufficiently wrestled into submission, an increasing number of researchers have directed their attention — and their challenge-grappling skills — toward the epigenome and the role of DNA methylation in gene expression. In the last few months alone, numerous studies have yielded discoveries that promise to pave the way forward for truly in-depth characterizations of the human epigenome.

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