A Super Brief and Basic Explanation of Epigenetics for Total Beginners

July 30, 2013 WhatIsEpigenetics

In simplified terms, epigenetics is the study of biological mechanisms that will switch genes on and off. What does that mean? Well, if you are new to this whole thing, we first need a quick crash course in biochemistry and genetics: Cells are fundamental working units of every human being. All the instructions required to direct their activities are contained within the chemical deoxyribonucleic acid, also known as DNA. DNA from humans is made up of approximately 3 billion nucleotide [more…]