Epigenetics Research

News on epigenetic profiling, DNA methylation, histone modifications, epigenetic disorders in genetics, genomics, and molecular diagnostics.

Investigators published an initial report on the method, which they call cfMeDIP-Seq, last week, and are now hoping to move to analysis of samples from longitudinal health studies.

Researchers found that methylation alterations affected immune response and lipid metabolism pathways in children whose growth had been stunted.

Oxford BioDynamics will work with Italian research institute Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza to identify blood-based biomarkers of autism spectrum disorder.

Stanford University's Michael Snyder found that methylome shifts preceded spikes in his blood glucose levels, suggesting profiling could detect disease.

The team uncovered more than 200 sites in the human genome that were differentially methylated based on parent of origin, including areas linked to disease.

Publication of He Jiankui's work on gene-edited infants would raise ethical concerns for journals, Wired and others report.

The New York Times reports that evidence linking trauma in one generation to epigenetic effects that influence subsequent generations may be overstated.

ScienceInsider reports that US National Institutes of Health researchers were told in the fall they could not obtain new human fetal tissue.

In PNAS this week: skin pigmentation evolution among KhoeSan, biomarkers for dengue virus progression, and more.