Randy Jirtle is a senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison McArdle Laboratory. Watch his conversation with RWJF's Nancy Barrand.

If our genomes are the hardware of a computer, epigenetics are the software that tells them how to work. This relationship is at the heart of Randy Jirtle’s work to understand the impact epigenetics has on human health and disease. Randy Jirtle is a senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison McArdle Laboratory. Watch his conversation with RWJF's Nancy Barrand.

Randy Jirtle is a senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison McArdle Laboratory. Watch his conversation with RWJF's Nancy Barrand.

If our genomes are the hardware of a computer, epigenetics are the software that tells them how to work. This relationship is at the heart of Randy Jirtle’s work to understand the impact epigenetics has on human health and disease.

Why RWJF Cares

Epigenetics bridges health and health care. It lives at the intersection of our environment and our genes. Understanding this interplay has incredibly far- reaching implications for our work.”   —Nancy Barrand, Senior Adviser for Program Development

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A Primer On Epigenetics

Randy Jirtle helps lay out the basics behind epigenetics and what it might mean for our work moving forward. 

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What Are We Learning From Epigenetics?

Critical ideas that could transform how we look at the causes and prevention of diseases are emerging from the field of epigenetics.

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