Challenges and Opportunities in Social Epigenomics and Cancer

  • Krishna Banaudha
  • Vineet Kumar
  • Mukesh Verma
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1856)


Social epigenomics is an area of science that evaluates why and how different social factors and processes affect different components of the epigenome. As it happens with most of the new areas in science, social epigenetics being a relatively new area, only limited progress has been made. However, the potential of implicating social epigenomics in improving health and health related policies is tremendous. Epidemiologic studies evaluating social, behavior, family, and environmental factors have helped understand social inequality and develop the area of social epigenomics. Most of the information in social epidemiology has been gathered from genetic studies. Now the time has come that we may apply similar approaches in social epigenomics because technologies of determining methylation, histone, and noncoding RNA profiling are well developed. The focus of this chapter is to understand the role of epigenetic regulation in social experiences at various stages in life due to altered function of genes and affecting health in populations with different races/ethnicity. Here we discuss the current challenges and opportunities in the field.

Key words

Chromatin Epigenetics Health disparity Methylation Social epigenomics 



DNA methyl transferase


Estrogen receptor


Histone acetyl transferase


Histone deacetylase


Progesterone receptor



We are thankful to the program staff for reading the manuscript and providing suggestions to improve the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krishna Banaudha
    • 1
  • Vineet Kumar
    • 2
  • Mukesh Verma
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine and Public HealthGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PharmacologyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Epidemiology and Genomics Research ProgramNational Cancer InstituteRockvilleUSA

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