Advancing Epigenetics Towards Systems Biology

Edith Heard on the public perception of epigenetics

While epigenetics remained a virtually unknown subject of science for many years, it has recently enjoyed a lot of attention. Some report on it as a savior from the constraints of our genetic heritage or, as TIME magazine put it in 2010 "Why Your DNA Isn't Your Destiny", others paint a darker picture of the epigenetic inheritance we may pass on to the following generations.

Find out how Edith Heard, professor of epigenetics at the Collège de France, fellow of the Royal Society, head of developmental biology and genetics at the Institut Curie and coordinator of EpiGeneSys public science activities views the dangers and promise that the current public interest in epigenetics may hold.

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