Psychology and Epigenetics

  title={Psychology and Epigenetics},
  author={Frank Masterpasqua},
  journal={Review of General Psychology},
  pages={194 - 201}
  • F. Masterpasqua
  • Published 1 September 2009
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Review of General Psychology
The Human Genome Project mapped the complete DNA sequence that exists in each human cell, but questions remain about how genes are expressed. Epigenetics is defined as mechanisms of gene expression that can be maintained across cell divisions, and thus the life of the organism, without changing the DNA sequence. Recent research has identified important epigenetic mechanisms that play essential roles in normal and abnormal development. Of special significance for psychology are the findings that… 

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