Spit and Polish: The Beauty of Saliva for Epigenetic Studies

Spit and Polish: The Beauty of Saliva for Epigenetic Studies

Biomarkers in saliva identify changes that impact the body, according to research published in Current Genomics . This important paper details the drawbacks and benefits of using saliva as a tissue sample for the study of epigenetic changes affected by experiences. Beginning with a detailed review introducing epigenetics and providing background from previous studies, the new findings include strong examples of how analysis of saliva can be applied to vulnerable populations, such as children, to identify changes correlated with experience and behavior. Examples of epigenetic changes in saliva of children who experienced pediatric trauma and of children with autism...

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