Potential Mechanism for Population Epigenetics! I thought this paper was interesting because it relates Epigenetics to colon cancer, and how methylation can actually silence one of your DNA repair genes. The paper also shows that a mother with the methylated gene may have passed it along to her son. The son's children, however did not carry the methylated gene, possibly hinting at a "reset" of methylation during spermatogenesis. ....Or it could just be a coincidence that both mother and son acquired this methylation over their life spans, but that would be boring.