How do Epigenetics affect your health right now?
Author: Steve Lambert
Epigenetics - The study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself.
Without getting into a whole nature vs nurture debate, epigenetics essentially says,
What you do, what environment you live in, what you eat, your stress levels and exercise regime etc. affects both your biology and behaviour by activating and de-activating genes within your DNA. This is referred to as gene expression.
Why should you care about epigenetics?
Your DNA is not your destiny. In a nutshell if you take care of yourself emotionally, physically and nutritionally then you give your body the best chance of expressing genes that will have positive outcomes on your health and wellbeing.
Click HERE for a brilliant 4 minute introduction to Epigenetics. Highly recommended, Steve
This sketch video about epigenetics was created by Armando Hasudungan, in collaboration with Professor Susan Clark and Dr Kate Patterson at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. It has been created for a broad, non-expert audience to highlight key messages about the role epigenetics plays in biological processes like development and diseases such as cancer.
Click HERE for a 40 minute more detailed examination of Epigenetics.