Embryos greedily want more resources than their fair share. New research investigates how early in evolution their hormonal tactics arose.
Multiple hormones produced by the mother, placenta and the foetus drive and coordinate the amazing biological changes and development of the baby that occur with conception, foetal growth and birth.
The link between season of birth and the risk of having allergies is well known. A new study sheds light on why this link exists.
Just because identical twins have exactly the same DNA, doesn't mean they will have the same physical features.
Many take for granted that epigenetics will lead to a more inclusive and equal society. But there are signs that quite the opposite could be true.
Gene mutation associated with schizophrenia could have implications for other developmental disorders.
We all know that stress can wreak havoc on your health but what does it do to your genes?
Scientists have discovered the genetic "switch" that causes many animals, including fish, frogs and humans, to look the same at a certain point in embryonic development.
Research on how our lifestyles affect our genes raises the possibility of giving your future kids a better start in life before they're even born.
A new study from Denmark shows that a man's weight can affect the information carried by his sperm.
It's time for neurons to share the glory. Gene activity isn't just a background utility of the brain, but an integral part of its operation.
A new study has looked at the 'father effect' in epigenetics.
The study of human intelligence dates back well over 100 years. And the core disagreement between researchers and theorists is whether differences are genetic or largely influenced by the environment.
Epigenetics is increasingly used as a buzzword to sell pseudoscientific products, but the truth of epigenetics is even more interesting – and complex – than the quacks claim.
It takes a careful balance between art and science to illustrate the processes that take place within our cells and explain the complexities of epigenetics.
The epigenetic 'musicians' that play our genomes in different ways might help us understand the causes of autism.
Some Russians are looking back admiringly to a tyrannical scientist from Stalinist times – and using the new field of epigenetics to bolster their case.
Gene therapy is allowing us to switch on natural beneficial mutations to counteract the effects of negative mutations in diseases such as sickle cell anaemia.
A recent study showing that the potential for committing a sex crime may be written in our genes is interesting but unlikely to help prevent sex offenses.
There's still a lot we don't know about how various genes are switched on and off. But a new project is seeking to shed light on the complex world of epigenetics.