First 'Epigenomes' Map Highlights How Genes Spur Health, Disease

February 18, 2015 12:00 PM

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In what may be a big step forward in human biology, scientists are issuing the first comprehensive map of "human epigenomes" -- the range of chemical and structural shifts that determine how genes govern health.

The new map is the result of years of work by an international consortium of researchers. Experts say the new data will help scientists better understand how genetic disruption affects a wide range of illnesses, including autism, heart disease and cancer.

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