An Overview of Epigenetics in Nursing

Ashley Erin Clark, Maria Adamian, Jacquelyn Y. Taylor

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Epigenetic changes to the genome are biochemical alterations to the DNA that do not change an individual's genome but do change and influence gene expression. The nursing profession is qualified to conduct and integrate epigenetic-focused nursing research into practice. This article discusses current epigenetic nursing research, provides an overview of how epigenetic research relates to nursing practice, makes recommendations, and provides epigenetic online resources for nursing research. An overview of major epigenetic studies in nursing (specific to childbirth studies, preeclampsia, metabolic syndrome, immunotherapy cancer, and pain) is provided, with recommendations on next steps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)649-659
Number of pages11
JournalNursing Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Cancer
  • Epigenetics
  • Fetal
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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