Frequently asked questions
What is epigenetics?
The study of modifications to DNA that change the activity of genes (on, off, or altered) without changing the DNA sequence. While DNA provides a genetic “blueprint”, these modifying marks on DNA can change how DNA is read and used.
What is genomics?
Genomics is the field of science that examines the structure, function, mapping and editing of genomes.
What is a genome?
A genome is the complete set of DNA in an organism.
What is DNA methylation?
DNA methylation is an epigenetic modification. It is a biochemical process of adding a carbon and three hydrogen atoms, which is called a methyl group, to a DNA molecule. Demethylation is the subtraction of this methyl group from DNA. Essentially, this is a process that can turn genes “on”, “off”, or alter expression.
What is the intrauterine environment?
The intrauterine environment means occurring inside the uterus.