In brief

In brief

Conrad Waddington (1905-1975) is often credited with coining the term epigenetics in 1942 as “the branch of biology which studies the causal interactions between genes and their products, which bring the phenotype into being”. Epigenetics appears in the literature as far back as […]


With the dawn of any new technology, society has to be wary of the potential for its misuse, especially in the case of powerful technologies that could alter the world as we know it. Epigenetics offers us the potential to reprogramme genomes without genetic modification. […]

How does epigenetics shape life?

Over 50 years have passed since Watson and Crick first published the three-dimensional structure of the DNA double helix. With Darwinian evolutionary theory now so widespread, the discovery that DNA encodes hereditary characteristics has proven popular. […]

The calico cat

The cloned moggy with two mums.
I named our last cat after the famous Irish black beer because her mottled fur coat reminded me of a settling pint of Guinness. Had I £25 000 to spare, and were Guinness still alive, I might consider getting her cloned. […]

Cartoon History

A few hundred years before zero, some clever Greeks began to wonder how we developed. How much are we preprogrammed versus environmentally shaped? Over two millenia later, the verdict is still out.

WikiStage Video – Who am I (genetically)? by Jonathan Weitzman

What is epigenetics? Since you have come to visit our website, you are probably curious about this field of science which is attractings increasing attention today and will probably undoubtedly continue to grow in the next decades.[…]

What is Systems Biology and How Can It Help Us Better Understand Epigenetics?

Systems Biology approaches are promising to help scientists advance the field of Epigenetics.
Systems biology is the study of systems of biological components. Since living systems are dynamic and complex, their behavior can be hard to predict […]