Scientists Decode the Human Epigenome
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.