Stanford University
Roadmap Epigenomics Project reads between DNA's genetic instructions

Mapping the human genome was a gargantuan task. But it was just the beginning. Nearly a dozen years after scientists published the first complete draft of human DNA, a global research effort has addressed another profound genetic mystery: how cells throughout the human body interpret the instructions encoded in an individual's DNA. The international consortium of scientists described the process by which the biological equivalent of Post-it notes attaches to DNA and turns genes on and off and issues instructions to cells throughout the body. The resulting "Epigenome Roadmap" offers insights into how these molecular marks are able to direct a single gene to produce...