In the Science Times, Nicholas Wade delves into the importance of the epigenome in aging, disease, and regenerative medicine and how it is affected by the environment. He gives a good background of what's known so far about the epigenome -- something that would give your parents some understanding of what you've been talking about -- and then gets into recent work by Shinya Yamanaka and how ChIP-seq maps can help researchers determine just what's been going on in the epigenome.

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