Monday, April 6, 2009

Epigenetics and Health Disparities

Ever consider the connection between genetics and health disparities? Well, me being a science nerd and being fascinated by genetics ever since high school and all, I'd like to share this posting with you: Epigenetics and Health Disparities. I see this as an intersection of nutritional genomics and public health genomics. Looking at the food environment the fetus is exposed to before it's born, and how this shapes the new individual's later ability to metabolize food. In other words, how the "effects of discrimination on maternal stress physiology" ultimately contribute to health disparities (read: chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease). Fascinating, and a great cutting-edge topic for future exploration...

Here's a more lay-audience friendly description of epigenetics.

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