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    Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression that are not encoded in the DNA of the genome. Encouraging evidence has linked epigenetic effects to oncogenesis, progression and treatment of cancer (1), the regulation of development and function of the nervous system (2), gene regulation (3), cellular stress events (3), nutrigenomics (4), aging and DNA repair (5). Considerable ongoing efforts are directed towards identifying the dynamic functions of various modifications to DNA and its associated proteins and elucidating their mechanisms.


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    1. What Is Epigenetics?

      If all cells are created from the same genetic material, why are there so many different cell types? Listen to Sriharsa Pradhan, Senior Scientist, RNA Biology at NEB, as he describes how DNA is methylated and how this affects the path of reading the DNA code the same way an obstruction would derail a train off its tracks.

    2. Interactive Tutorial Explaining the Phenomenon of Epigenetics at a Molecular Level

      Watch an interactive tutorial explaining the different molecular mechanisms by which epigenetic change influences gene expression. Learn about how NEB’s line of EpiMark® validated reagents are targeted to the various enzymes and DNA elements that are altered by epigenetic change.

    Epigenetics includes these areas of focus:

    Restriction Enzymes for Epigenetics
    DNA Methylation Analysis
    5-hmC Detection & Analysis
    Methylated DNA Analysis
    Bisulfite Conversion
    Histones & Nucleosome Assembly
    DNA Enrichment
    Control DNA for Epigenetics
    Histone Methyltransferases

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      Publications related to Epigenetics:

    1. Chandra S, Baribault C, Lacey M, Ehrlich M (2014). Myogenic differential methylation: diverse associations with chromatin structure Biology (Basel). 3(2), 426-51. PubMedID: 24949935, DOI: 10.3390/biology3020426
    2. Jim R Hughes, Nigel Roberts, Simon McGowan, Deborah Hay, Eleni Giannoulatou, Magnus Lynch, Marco De Gobbi, Stephen Taylor, Richard Gibbons, Douglas R Higgs (2014). Analysis of hundreds of cis-regulatory landscapes at high resolution in a single, high-throughput experiment Nat Genet. 46 (2), 205-212. PubMedID: 24413732, DOI: doi:10.1038/ng.2871
    3. Sexton T, Kurukuti S, Mitchell JA, Umlauf D, Nagano T, Fraser P (2012). Sensitive detection of chromatin coassociations using enhanced chromosome conformation capture on chip Nat Protoc. 7(7), 1335-50. PubMedID: 22722369, DOI: 10.1038/nprot.2012.071
    4. Wolff, E.M. et al. (2011). Hypomethylation of a LINE-1 Promoter Activates an Alternate Transcript of the MET Oncogene in Bladders with Cancer PLoS Genet. . 6, 4:e1000917. PubMedID: 20421991, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1000917