Sci­en­tists De­code the Hu­man Epigenome

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If the hu­man genome is the blue­print for hu­man ex­is­tence, then the hu­man epigenome serves as the in­struc­tion man­ual that ex­plains how all the parts work. With the de­cod­ing of the hu­man epigenome by re­searchers at Cal­i­for­nia’s Salk In­sti­tute in 2009, science took a leap for­ward in its un­der­stand­ing of how our cells work, how we might pre­vent ter­mi­nal and age-re­lated dis­eases in the fu­ture and, per­haps, how to one day com­bat the ef­fects of aging. In fact, the break­through en­cour­aged new ef­forts to de­lay aging and its re­lated ills, in­clud­ing the Google-backed biotech com­pany Cal­ico, which was founded in 2013 with the in­ten­tion of do­ing just that. And as sci­en­tists con­tinue to un­lock the se­crets of our cel­lu­lar makeup, it seems more and more likely that the Foun­tain of Youth has been inside us all along.

A dig­i­tal view of a DNA se­quence; (op­po­site) a stock trader laments the global fi­nan­cial melt­down on the floor of the New York Stock Ex­change.

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