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Twentieth Anniversary of the Agouti Mouse Study

29 May 2023: In 1953 Watson and Crick determined the structure of DNA. Fifty years later Waterland and Jirtle demonstrated with the Agouti Mouse Study that the fetal origins of adult disease susceptibility results from alterations in the epigenome - the genetic programs that tell the genes when, where and how to work. Thus, not only mutations in the genome, but also changes in the epigenome function in the genesis of human health and disease.