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Epigenetic Factors of Disease
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Epigenetics—Shedding Light on the Path Ahead for Material Sciences

Department of Biomaterials and Healthcare, Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP), Division of Life Science and Bioprocesses, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany
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Diseases 2019, 7(2), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/diseases7020043
Received: 21 May 2019 / Revised: 11 June 2019 / Accepted: 13 June 2019 / Published: 14 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Epigenetics and Disease)
The harmonious regulation of bodily function is a necessity for healthy individuals. Looking from the viewpoint of material sciences, one can only marvel at the cellular factories, their renewal, and the overall control of messaging and control of responses. As aging progresses and/or pathologies arise, clinicians may be forced to look for replacement of organs/tissues with medical devices. Since all devices are tailored, a detailed understanding of developmental processes, including aberrant processes leading to pathologies, is crucial to provide clinicians with a suitable device. Although research in the field of epigenetics has produced effective therapeutics and diagnostic markers, our currently fragmented understanding of epigenetic processes as they relate to material development is inherently limited, with logical implications for the success of medical procedures. Here, we illustrate how material sciences for clinical applications, critically depend on all aspects of biomedical sciences, including the field of epigenetics. View Full-Text
Keywords: epigenetics; medical devices; material sciences epigenetics; medical devices; material sciences
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Krüger-Genge, A.; Mauger, O.; Storsberg, J.; Schmidt, C. Epigenetics—Shedding Light on the Path Ahead for Material Sciences. Diseases 2019, 7, 43.

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