Empowering Patients through Epigenetics; Take Control of Your Genes

Empowering Patients through Epigenetics; Take Control of Your Genes

Posted by: on Sep 30, 2011 | No Comments

“What you do affects your genes. In other words, you’re not predestined to a certain life because of your genetics, as we once thought.” -Trygve Tollefsbol (Ph.D. Molecular Biology)

The booming field of epigenetics has made a sizable entrance in the age-old nature vs. nurturer debate, giving researchers a better understanding of how different social factors influence the way our genetic material is expressed throughout our lives. “Epigenetics offers a surprising middle ground,” says Dr. Tollefsbol (Professor,  Epigenetics and Gene Regulation in Cancer and Aging at the University of Alabama), “Genes are profoundly important, epigeneticists say, but so are environmental factors.”