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This article is part of a special issue on epigenomics.

Highly Accessed Open Badges Editorial

The allure of the epigenome

Naomi Attar

Author Affiliations

Genome Biology, BioMed Central, 236 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8HB, UK

Genome Biology 2012, 13:419  doi:10.1186/gb-2012-13-10-419

Published: 23 October 2012

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

The Oxford English Dictionary dates the word 'genome' to 1926 but has not yet seen fit to include the term 'epigenome' in its illustrious pages (where it would reside handsomely between 'epigenist' and 'epigenous'). This differential treatment reflects a state of affairs in which the epigenome has yet to infiltrate the popular imagination, but belies the recent explosion of epigenomics in the scientific literature, where as many as 70% of all abstracts featuring 'epigenome' have been published within the last three years.