Section edited by Carmen Marsit
Although epigenetic mechanisms are inherently stable through cell divisions, nutritional and environmental factors can shape the epigenetic landscape. This section aims to cover the breadth and depth of studies examining the impacts of nutritional factors and the environment, on epigenetic regulation. Nutrition may encompass the specific effects of nutrients as well as more holistic evaluation of dietary and eating patterns, while environmental factors can be broadly interpreted to include the chemical environment, psychosocial and demographic factors, the metabolic environment, pharmaceuticals and drugs of abuse. Articles in this section may use animal model or human population approaches to vigorously identify how nutritional and environmental factors impact the full range of epigenetic mechanisms and the implication of those changes or that variation on phenotypic outcomes.