Epigenetic mechanisms

Epigenetic mechanisms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Epigenetics was discovered as a result of the genome project. There were far too few genes in our cells to account for the human complexity. Epigenetics sits on top of our genes and “plays” them like a musical instrument. This is a good example because musical instruments have limit notes they can play but are capable of infinite numbers of songs. This is because we can combine those notes in a near infinite number of ways. Our epigenetics are the same.