Epigenetics: Bridging Nature and Nurture

Epigenetics is the study of the altered phenotypic expression of genes which simultaneously lack genotoypic modifications. 

The study of epigenetics is quickly becoming one of the most promising fields in science.  The term "epigeomics" literally means "above the genome."  Therefore, epigenomics is the study of the many different factors that can alter gene expression among individuals.  Lately, discussion whether epigenetics ought to include non-heritable changes has arisen. A consensus has not yet been reached, as researchers lack sufficient information to determine whether certain changes to the genome (that do not alter the sequence of base pairs) are indeed heritable. 

Conrad Waddington first coined the term "epigenetics", which is the confluence of the words "genetics" and "epigenesis". The latter was first theorized by Aristotle in On the Generation of Animals as "the development of individual organic form from the unformed."

Scientists knew about epigenetics as far back as the 1970s.  However, research into epigenetics only began in the early 90s, when scientists discovered the main mechanisms of epigenetic changes.

As you travel through the exciting and wonderful world of epigenetics on our webpage, you will learn about the mechanisms of epigenetics and the factors that influence them, innovators and innovations of the field, the applications of epigenetics, and its impacts on the scientific, economic, political, social, ethical and legal scale.  

Red, underlined words will link you to our citations page, where you can see the numerous sources we used in this project.  Yellow, bolded and underlined words will link you to various pages on our website.  Green, underlined words will link you to other, respective websites. 


A brief time line of the major advances of epigenetics.  (Citation 16)

This short video summarizes the basics of epigenetics, as well as how it interacts with the body and the world interacts with our genome. It provides a brief, yet informative prelude to the information contained in this website (Citation 15). 

This free website was made using Yola.

No HTML skills required. Build your website in minutes.

Go to www.yola.com and sign up today!

Make a free website with Yola