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Genetic Structure

  1. Jan 16, 2008 #1
    Does your genetic structure change as you get older? I guess it's just the levels of NFKappa and things iike that that change?
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  3. Jan 18, 2008 #2
    Please elaborate on genetic structure, are you talking about karyotypes, DNA structures, etc?
  4. Jan 18, 2008 #3


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    Ideally, your genome does not change at all, from the fertilization of an egg until the day you die. Your epigenome, however -- the collection of methyl groups and so on strapped onto your DNA that promote or inhibit certain genes -- can and does change throughout life.

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  5. Jan 18, 2008 #4


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    Cells can acquire changes in their genetic structure, either through epigenetic programming (what Chroot mentioned) or through damage/errors. Processes like these can lead to cancer.
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