Epigenetics to be to 21st century what genetics was to 20th century?
|July 5, 2012||Posted by News under Epigenetics, News|
In “Epigenetics: the 21st-Century Scientific Revolution” (July 4, 2012), Creation-Evolution Headlines predicts,
If genetics was the 20th century’s major scientific revolution, epigenetics appears to be the big revolution for the 21st.
Epigenetics refers to codes, processes and functions “above” genetics, that control and regulate the genetic code: a “code above the code,” as it were. Unlike a simple DNA strand, the epigenetic code has a multitude of players that scientists are still struggling to understand. For a good introduction, watch this 12-minute video on YouTube; for more depth, read the book The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA by Woodward and Gills (available from the C.S. Lewis Society and Amazon.com).
One thing is becoming clear; DNA is just a bit player in a much vaster array of information. The big story now is what controls and regulates the DNA. Many things in the nucleus once considered “junk” are turning out to be the stars of the show. In addition, the findings are becoming more and more difficult to explain by neo-Darwinian mechanisms. Even more startling, epigenetics is undermining some key Darwinian principles. More.
See also: Why does epigenetics matter? Why is it bad news for Darwin?
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