The early life social environment and DNA methylation: DNA methylation mediating the long-term impact of social environments early in life.

@article{Szyf2011TheEL,
  title={The early life social environment and DNA methylation: DNA methylation mediating the long-term impact of social environments early in life.},
  author={Moshe Szyf},
  journal={Epigenetics},
  year={2011},
  volume={6 8},
  pages={
          971-8
        }
}
Although epidemiological data provides evidence that there is an interaction between genetics (nature) and the social and physical environments (nurture) in human development; the main open question remains the mechanism. The pattern of distribution of methyl groups in DNA is different from cell-type to cell type and is conferring cell specific identity on DNA during cellular differentiation and organogenesis. This is an innate and highly programmed process. However, recent data suggests that… CONTINUE READING
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