Epigenetics: more than “there’s a gene for that”

The NEI Connection

As we increasingly look to our personal electronic devices for help with our daily tasks, we’ve been assured they can help us address nearly any issue we may encounter. Companies like Apple that there is no problem they cannot address with their’s trademark mantra, “There’s an app for that.”  With the decoding of the human genome, which was expected to shed light on health issues ranging from weight to depression or addiction to the continuing rise of autism and other disorders, the medical community has taken a similar approach, being driven by the belief, “There’s a gene for that.”

Figure 1: The flow of information from DNA to protein is largely influenced by regulatory factors acting on the processes of transcription and translation. Environmental factors also influence protein expression. Figure 1: The flow of information from DNA to protein is largely influenced by regulatory factors acting on the processes of transcription and translation. Environmental factors also influence protein expression.

While in many cases there may be “a gene for that”, this may not be the end of the story. Until…

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