One of the large debates in health and science is how much of a role do our genes play. It is often that we hear the comment "it's in my genes," stated as a reason or cause for our current problem. Even as doctors we are trained to ask about family history in order to search for a pattern, an explanation of why the problem is happening to the patient. Research in the world of epigenetics brings some of this into question. Do genes lead to specific health problems? Absolutely. Are individuals more prone to specific health issues on account of their genes? Absolutly. What the research is showing in that while we are born with a specific gene code it is actually our epigenome, or the content above our DNA that influences what genes are turned on or off. Our epigenome is influenced by an array of factors from diet and exercise to experiences and emotions. To think that we can influence our gene expression, likely hood of heartacks, cancer, diabetes, or even food allergies, from our diet, our thougths, or our way of life is impowering and humbling all at once.
The link below is to a short video and the landing page for some of the research being done at the Univeristy of Wisconsin.
The following link is to the Univeristy of Utah showing their imput as well.
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