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HHMI Online Companion
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute provides an extensive collection of resources on epigenetics in its online companion to the epigenetics segment of NOVA scienceNOW's July 24, 2007 episode.

Human Epigenome Project
Learn about current epigenetics research on this Web site from the Human Epigenome Project.

This comprehensive site offers news, articles, and other resources on the study of epigenetics.

Jirtle Lab at Duke University
On the homepage of Randy Jirtle's laboratory at Duke University, browse epigenetics-related articles, learn about current research projects, read recent academic publications, and more.

The official journal of the Epigenetics Society offers downloadable academic papers addressing new research in the field. Some articles require subscription.

Human Epigenome Project—Up and Running
On this Web site from the National Institutes of Health, learn about how methyl groups alter genetic expression and discover some of the practical applications of epigenetic research.

Regulating Genes and Keeping Cells Healthy Through DNA Methylation
On the National Cancer Institute's Web site, watch a slide show about DNA replication and methyl groups' possible role in cancer development.


"Epigenetics: The Science of Change" by Bob Weinhold. Environmental Health Perspectives, March 2006.

"Epigenetic Differences Arise During the Lifetime of Monozygotic Twins" by Mario F. Fraga et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 2005.

"Maternal Genistein Alters Coat Color and Protects Avy Mouse Offspring From Obesity by Modifying the Fetal Epigenome" by Dana C. Dolinoy, Jennifer R. Weidman, Robert A. Waterland, and Randy Jirtle, Environmental Health Perspectives, April 2006.


by Nicholas Barton, Derek Briggs, Jonathan Eisen, David Goldstein, and Nipam Patel. Cold Spring Harbor Press, 2007.

edited by C. David Allis, Thomas Jenuwein, Danny Reinberg, and Marie-Laure Caparros. Cold Spring Harbor Press, 2007.

Chromatin and Gene Regulation: Mechanisms in Epigenetics
by Bryan Turner. Blackwell Publishing, 2002.

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