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August 17, 2005

You Can't Blame Your Parents Anymore
Newsworthy , Technology


    Although not actually new, it's certainly news to me: apparently there's a whole set of gene activators & deactivators called epigenomes, or Demethlyation agents. So, even though you start out with a certain genetic package (pre-disposed to pancreatic cancer but immune to chicken pox), these epigenomes can either activate or deactivate what you've been given. The good news is that they might be able to activate the cancer-suppressing gene, but the bad news is that in the domino setup of your genetic makeup, turning on one light could mean inadvertently knocking out the electricity for a city block. At the moment it seems like a great big mess of unknown, but with amazing potential. They're starting to map it all out, though. So, hopefully the answers will be clear sooner rather than later.

    Here's more information than one human can possibly assimilate. And that's just gene 6.

    Human Epigenome Project

    Cheeky Monkey

    Posted by MostlyForMe at August 17, 2005 5:55 PM