Do Our Genes Load the Gun, and Our Lifestyle & Environment Pull the Trigger?

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Gene Linked to Obesity Hasn’t Always Been a Problem, Study Finds

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/01/science/gene-linked-to-obesity-hasnt-always-been-a-problem-study-finds.html

“It’s important to understand that genes work in many different ways. Certainly, some genes are dictators–the genes for hair or eye color for example. If they call for you to have blonde hair or brown eyes, that’s it. Those dictator genes won’t take no for an answer. But, the genes for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and a host of other illnesses are like committees. They don’t give orders, they make suggestions. And research suggest that changes in diet and lifestyle can keep those genes from expressing themselves. Like dry seeds on a desert floor, they simply lie dormant. If you don’t water them, they’ll never sprout.”–Dr. Neal Barnard

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Posted on January 2, 2015, in Scientific Research and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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