So, what is Epigenetics?

Epigenetics refers to the study of heritable changes in our genome (the complete set of all our genes) that occur without altering the DNA or genetic code. 

But what does this actually mean?  – Find out more in our videos below:


Last year, Professor Susan Clark and her team at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research presented a public seminar series on epigenetics.

The scientists discussed a wide range of topics, explaining what epigenetics means, describing its role in our health, and sharing some of thier research into its role in disease.

These videos give us wonderful insight into the world of epigenetics research.

Epigenetics: the what, why & how – Prof Susan Clark

A look at epigenetics in 3D – Dr Amanda Khoury

Epigenetic inheritance: you are what your ancestors ate – Dr Ksenia Skvortsova

Epigenetics and the environment: impact on obesity and metabolic disorder susceptibility – Dr Stephen Bradford

Demystifying epigenetics

Kate Giles and Amanda Khoury from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research explain epigenetics and why they love it:

“There’s a layer that sits above the DNA that can influence whether the gene is turned on or off.”

“If your DNA is words and letters on a page your epigenetics is the marks you might make on that.”

Tagging DNA: Mislabelling the Cancer Genome

How can cells that contain the same DNA be so different?

This simple question is posed right at the beginning of the latest 3D animation created by Dr Kate Patterson of the Garvan Institute as part of ‘VIZBIplus: Visualising the Future of Biomedicine’.

Read more in our news blog or read Kate’s own words in The Conversation.