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Sep 20, 2004
 |  BioCentury  |  Politics, Policy & Law

Epigenetics of biocomplexity

There are some areas of basic science where companies are more willing to share information than others. Examples include genes, SNPs and, now, epigenomics, which is the study of gene expression patterns as determined by changes in genome function.

The European Commission's Sixth Framework Program recently created the Epigenome Network as one of its European Networks of Excellence (NoE). The goal of the Epigenome Network will be to study the epigenetics of biocomplexity. Underlying the effort is the notion that efforts to find correlations between genes - even groups of genes - and disease may have been misguided.

Although there are many different approaches to the study of epigenetics, a key focus of the new network will be to further understand the role of histones in cellular heredity and gene expression.

"Histones are proteins...

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