As further investigations tease apart the complex organization of epigenetic reprogramming in germ cells and early embryos, more light will be shed on the interrelated functions of epigenetic marks and the instructions they provide to support development. Various human diseases have been linked to alterations in DNA methyl-ation or chromatin structure; the underlying cause of these diseases might be elucidated by studying epigenetic regulation of suspected gene(s) during development.

As our understanding of epigenetic reprogramming grows, new drugs targeting epigenetic regulators without affecting the reproductive system will be developed and prove useful in treating disorders caused by altered epigenetic states.

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