Each mammalian cell has the same genes, yet performs distinct functions. This is achieved by epigenetic control of gene expression; the switching on and switching off of genes. This course will cover the principles of epigenetic control of gene expression, how epigenetic control contributes to cellular differentiation and development, and how it goes wrong in disease.
Here are two great TEDx talks on the topic of epigenetics. The first talk is by Courtney Griffin, Assistant Member in the Cardiovascular Biology Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. The second talk is by Davide Corona, who is a biology professor from the University of Palermo. His Ph.D. is from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany.