Definitions

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  • adj. Of, or relating to epigenesis.
  • adj. Of, or relating to epigenetics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the epigenesis; produced according to the theory of epigenesis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or produced by epigenesis.
  • Of, pertaining to, or produced by epigenesis.
  • In physical geography, a term applied to those rivers whose courses have been determined by the slope of a once overlying series of strata, now removed by erosion so as to disclose rock-structures of another arrangement; superposed; inherited.

Etymologies

epi- +‎ genetic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I know that identical twins gradually start to deviate in epigenetic structure from birth – a fascinating subject, I highly recommend it.

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  • And the second discipline is called epigenetic which says that environmental factors, personal relationships, social interactions, lifestyle, can actually regulate the expression of your genes.

    CNN Transcript Nov 11, 2009

  • Collectively, the processes that we believe have been neglected in evolutionary studies are known as epigenetic mechanisms.

    Archive 2009-01-04

  • Professor Keith Godfrey University of Southampton Studies in animals have shown that changes in diet can alter the function of genes - known as epigenetic change.

    BBC News - Home

  • Indeed, scientists are coming to realize that subtle changes in our genetic material -- technically known as epigenetic changes -- can alter the way that genes are turned on and off, in ways that affect the body's functioning.

    www.startribune.com

  • Changes in chromosome structure, as opposed to changes in the genes themselves, that can be passed on from one generation to the next are called epigenetic changes.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • However, researchers know that genetics only tells part of the story, and other influences, such as environmental exposures and so-called epigenetic changes - tiny chemical tags that attach to DNA and modify activity of genes - can play a role.

    Columnist: Stephen Miller

  • Effects like this are known as epigenetic changes, and they're the reason that various types of cells in the body perform different functions even though they're all powered by the same genetic code.

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  • The reprogamming problem, called epigenetic dysregulation, means many clones -- some say 90 percent -- are born with deformities, enlarged umbilical cords, respiratory distress, heart and intestine problems and Large Offspring Syndrome, the latter often killing the clone and its "mother," the surrogate dam.

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  • "Our work shows that the regulation of histone variant localization -- the shape of the so-called epigenetic landscape at different regions of the genome - is more complex than previously thought," says first author Aaron Goldberg, an M.D.

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