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A user's guide to the ambiguous word 'epigenetics'

Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology volume 19, pages 207208 (2018) | Download Citation

The term 'epigenetics' is currently ambiguous, over-encompassing and uncoupled from its historical roots. This reflects interests and insights that have developed over time. In this Comment, I propose that we stop using the word in isolation, and be explicit about which definition we are using to avoid ambiguity in its scientific and public use.

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  1. Center for Epigenomics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1301 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, New York 10461, USA.

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