Epigenetics is consistent with the theory of evolution – in fact, Darwin predicted that tiny parcels might somehow provide a flow of information from experience to inheritance.
A field called epigenomics looks at chemical modifications that do not change our DNA sequence but can affect gene activity. What are the limitations, and can biomedicine use this to our advantage?
A twins study shows that children born via IVF have similar epigenetic changes compared with those born naturally.
Not finding your 'soulmate' can lead to more than a broken heart.
Epigenetics may explain why children of mothers who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to use substances later in life.
Overweight women have a higher risk of delivering biologically older babies who are are more susceptible to age-related conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes in later life.
We are seeing increasing numbers of young, slim children with type 2 diabetes. This means obesity and lifestyle factors may not be the whole story behind the disease's rising rates.
Scientists have uncovered the genetics that explain the snake's impressive length – and used the science to create extra-long mice.
Scientists find the missing link in epigenetics that could explain the mystery of inherited disease.
A few cancers vanish without any medical treatment. Researchers are studying these 'spontaneous regressions' to see if they can lead to new cancer treatments.
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.