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Epigenetics and Health

Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This POSTnote examines how recent advances in epigenetics can be used to develop new treatments, inform public health policy, and contribute to the UK economy.

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Epigenetics refers to a range of factors that regulate the activity of genes. Such factors can contribute to a host of human diseases from cancer to mental illness and knowledge of epigenetics may help to reduce disease risk in ageing populations. This POSTnote examines how recent advances in this field can be used to develop new treatments, inform public health policy, and contribute to the UK economy.

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Author: Peter Border

Topics: Genetics, Health education and preventive medicine, Science

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