Epigenetics and Disease

F Spallotta, a scientist at the Institute for Cancer Research in Candiolo (Italy) will give a seminar tomorrow Thursday the 31st of October at 2.00 pm in the College lecture theatre on the role of epigenetic processes in diseases such as diabetes and cancer.  Epigenetic changes are subtle but stable chemical modifications of the genetic material (DNA) that influence in a fundamental way gene activity during development as well as in disease.  The speaker will also address the prospect that new drugs interfering with the biochemical pathways responsible for epigenetic changes may find important applications in diabetes and cancer.

All College students are invited to participate, notably natural science and medical students. The poster of the seminar can be downloaded here. Further information about the seminar and speaker can be found at this page.

Image courtesy of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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