Epigenome maps of the human body’s major organs

Salk scientists reveal epigenome maps of the human body’s major organs. This new atlas of human organ epigenomes provides a starting place to understand the role of chemical markers in development, health and disease

“What we found is that not all organs we surveyed are equal in terms of their methylation patterns,” says senior author Joseph R. Ecker, professor and director of Salk’s Genomic Analysis Laboratory and codirector of The Center of Excellence for Stem Cell Genomics. “The signatures of methylation are distinct enough between organs that we can look at the methylation patterns of a tissue and know whether the tissue is muscle or thymus or pancreas.” The new data was published June 1, 2015 in Nature.

Source: Salk scientists reveal epigenome maps of the human body’s major organs – Salk Institute – News Release

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