One of the things we enjoy most at EpiGenie is chatting with the researchers who are driving epigenetics forward. So, naturally we were stoked to come across an interview with Dr. Adrian Bird in PLoS Genetics.
Adrian Bird is the Buchanan Chair of Genetics at the University of Edinburgh and is also Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology. Before anyone had heard of an “epigenome”, Bird began mapping DNA methylation in the genomes of several species and later spawned the idea of CpG islands. Bird’s laboratory also identified proteins that bound to methylated DNA, like MeCP2, becoming pioneers in methylated DNA enrichment.
Even though we’re jealous that we didn’t get to conduct the interview ourselves, we thought we’d go ahead and pass this one along.
Check out the full interview with Dr. Adrian Bird in PLoS Genetics, October 2009