Genetic Structure

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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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Please elaborate on genetic structure, are you talking about karyotypes, DNA structures, etc?
 
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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.

- Warren
 
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Monique
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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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