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Developmental epigenetics is the study of epigenetic gene regulation during development and includes the developmental programming of fetal growth trajectories and adult diseases. The section will publish innovative research on all aspects of developmental epigenetics including X chromosome inactivation, imprinting and lineage commitment, primarily, but not exclusively, focusing on mammalian systems. Our aim is to foster research that interrogates the phenotypic outputs of epigenetic processes during development. We particularly welcome studies in which gene expression, epigenetic regulators and/or specific epigenetic marks have been experimentally manipulated.
Of special interest are papers which cover the following subjects:
- Epigenetic gene regulation in the control of lineage determination, cell identity and tissue regeneration
- Developmental plasticity of epigenetic gene regulation in response to environmental stressors that alter growth, development and later life phenotypes, with a particular emphasis on exploring functionality and establishing causality
- Contribution of epigenetic processes to development, adaptation and evolution.
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Developmental Epigenetics welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Correction, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Protocols, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Developmental Epigenetics, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Developmental Epigenetics will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Cell and Developmental Biology.
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