New Approaches for Breast Tumor Diagnostics

February 26, 2015 2:45 PM

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A challenge to personalized health care is the hurdle we face to understand why people are so different even though all our genes are so similar. We know single base-pair mutations in genes can be extremely important in determining health in some diseases, but we now know that gene mutations cannot account for the large degree of physiological diversity we observe between people in terms of their wellness, disease risks, response to medicines and life-expectancy.

A new field of research has exploded over the last decade termed epigenetics. This research focuses on a layer of chemical modifications that can be attached to the DNA sequence of genes. These chemical layers, the epigenome, have been known for over 50 years, but it hasn't been until recently that ...

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