Genetics plays a key role in determining health, longevity and whether or not you develop certain illnesses. However, knowing all the genes in the human genome has not brought us any closer to a comprehensive understanding of that role. Instead, knowing the “parts list” of the genome leaves us with many questions about how we inherit more than just our genes, and how
these other factors work alongside the genetic code to determine health across the lifespan. A discussion of this layer “above the genome”, termed epigenetics, will mainly focus on how certain environmental factors can alter DNA to influence health of current and future generations.
Dr. Holly Jones Taggart, after earning her PhD degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Western Ontario in London, spent three years in a postdoctoral research position at the Ontario Cancer Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. It was there that her research began to focus on cancer cell behaviour.
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