Cancer cells photographed by camera attached t...

Image via Wikipedia

MedGenMed published an article on how cancer cells have epigenetic changes over regular cells this was from an American Association for Cancer Research special conference. Cancer cells either have mutated DNA or epigenetic changes that alter the proteins encoded to a gene. Steven Baylin of John Hopkins University gave a lecture on epigenetic changes that silenced genes that normally control proliferation and DNA repair among other functions. In cancer cells this silencing leads to tumor proliferation. The epigenetic programming of our genes is critical to normal and healthy life. In computers, programming malfunctions leads to errors and eventually system crashes. In life epigenetic malfunctions lead to illnesses and eventually death.