Personalizing health care by taking genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors into account is central to modern medicine. The crucial and pervasive roles epigenetic factors play in shaping gene−environment interactions are now well recognized. However, identifying robust epigenetic biomarkers and translating them to clinical tests has been difficult due in part to limitations of available platforms to detect epigenetic features genome-wide (epigenomic assays). This Feature introduces several important prospects for precision epigenomics, highlights capabilities and limitations of current laboratory technologies, and emphasizes opportunities for microfluidic tools to facilitate translation of epigenetic analyses to the clinic, with a particular focus on methods to profile gene-associated histone modifications and their impacts on chromatin structure and gene expression.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Analytical Chemistry