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"[Epigenetics is] the flavor of the month," says McGill University's Michael Meaney in the Washington Post. The article looks at the work of Duke's Randy Jirtle, who is studying the mouse epigenome as it related to obesity, and of Simon Gregory, who is looking at the link between DNA methylation and autism. Though much of their work is in its early days, there is hope that is could lead to a new sort of therapy — but Jirlte says it's "a pretty broad brush."

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