Section edited by Monika Puzianowska-Kuznicka, Akihiro Umezawa and Wolfgang Wagner
Developmental processes are governed by epigenetics and there is a growing evidence that this applies also to aging of the organism. Furthermore, genomic imprinting, the epigenetic phenomenon reducing expression of certain genes to either maternal or paternal alleles, as well as epigenetics in reproductive medicine are of increasing relevance. Likewise, epigenetic factors in prenatal and postnatal development as well as later in life significantly contribute to the rate and phenotype of aging. This section covers the full breadth of these interdisciplinary research areas. It aims for outstanding original contributions, which provide novel and sound insight into the underlying mechanisms of development and aging. Description of biomarkers or resource paper can also be considered if they significantly advance the field. Epigenetic raw data should be deposited in public data repositories. Studies on non-human model systems can also be considered if they provide insight into relevant epigenetic processes.