Monthly Archives: June 2015

Smile please: biomaterials for dental application


Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. According to the WHO’s statistics report, 60-90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults worldwide have dental cavities. About 30% of people aged 65-74 have no natural teeth. Artificial dental biomaterials are consequently enabling much of the world to do something as vital as eat…as well as helping some of us to attain that picture perfect smile.

Biology Health Medicine Technology

How the maternal environment influences infants’ DNA: An author Q&A

epigenetic maternal3

Recent work published in Genome Biology identifies a tumor suppressor gene as a human epiallele which responds to the environment, and suggests a mother’s nutrition in early pregnancy may affect DNA methylation in her child. Here, I asked co-authors of the research, Matt Silver from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Noah Kessler from Baylor College of Medicine, more about their findings.


Epigenome programs: a brief overview

Epigenome Roadmap & Blueprint

The importance of the human epigenome in both health and disease is increasingly being realized. In the post, Dr. Lucia Altucci introduces two of the major consortia established in recent years that aim to uncover the mysteries of our epigenomic landscape.