The study of non genetic heritability. Epigenetics can have an incredible phenotypic effect, and the study of epigenetic factors and mechanisms is an exciting and developing field.

Weekend Reads, week 17

This week in weekend reads: Pig brains being kept alive outside bodies, the ethics of experimenting with human brain tissue, and how writing about the link between genes and educational attainment can be dangerous…

Saliva DNA Methylation Similar to the Brain

Studies carried out at Emory University have shown that DNA methylation patterns in saliva appear to be more similar to patterns from the brain, than methylation in blood. Researcher Alicia Smith Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University joins the discussion.