The history of cancer epigenetics

Andrew P. Feinberg, Benjamin Tycko

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Since its discovery in 1983, the epigenetics of human cancer has been in the shadows of human cancer genetics. But this area has become increasingly visible with a growing understanding of specific epigenetic mechanisms and their role in cancer, including hypomethylation, hypermethylation, loss of imprinting and chromatin modification. This timeline traces the field from its conception to the present day. It also addresses the genetic basis of epigenetic changes - an emerging area that promises to unite cancer genetics and epigenetics, and might serve as a model for understanding the epigenetic basis of human disease more generally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-153
Number of pages11
JournalNature Reviews Cancer
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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