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Hum Mol Genet. 2006 Apr 15;15 Spec No 1:R95-101.

The emerging science of epigenomics.

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Division of Molecular Medicine, Department of Medicine and Center for the Epigenetics of Common Human Disease, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA.


One of the most exciting frontiers in both epigenetics and genome sciences is the new field of epigenomics. This new discipline promises novel insights into the genome because of its potential to detect quantitative alterations, multiplex modifications and regulatory sequences outside of genes. A number of new epigenomic strategies are emerging to exploit microarray formats with varying substrate choice, pre-processing and data analysis. These approaches are designed to detect large numbers of variations in DNA methylation and chromatin modification. Many groups are joining forces toward developing an organized Human Epigenome Project to exploit these new technologies to better understand the basis of normal development and human disease.

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