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Minutes of the EPIC meeting, Norwich October 2013

Doris Wagner discussed...

In a collaboration between EPIC, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and iPlant a one stop...

Minutes of the EPIC meeting in Beijing, April 2012



Plants as leading systems for epigenetics and epigenomics research

Epigenetic phenomena involve mitotically or meiotically heritable alternative gene expression states that are not due to DNA sequence differences. These phenomena have long fascinated geneticists and molecular biologists because they do not conform to the rules of Mendelian genetics nor can they be understood simply by determining the DNA sequences of genes or entire genomes.

Chromatin for Beginners

What is Chromatin?

Chromatin is the stuff chromosomes are made of. Microscopists used the term long before the discovery that DNA is the genetic material. Today, the word "chromatin" is mostly used by molecular geneticists to describe DNA associated with the numerous proteins that help organize, activate or repress DNA.

Chromatin and chromosome structure

Meet the Steering Committee

Craig Pikaard
Professor Craig Pikaard earned a B.S. degree from the Pennsylvania State University, a PhD from Purdue University, and conducted postdoctoral research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Craig joined the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis in 1990 and rose to the...

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