NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A trio of papers released this week as part of the International Human Epigenome Consortium described new tools for handling epigenetic and epigenomic data.

A team led by researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center noted in its paper that "[t]he impact of large and complex epigenomic datasets on biological insights or clinical applications is limited by the lack of accessibility by easy, intuitive, and fast tools."

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