Epigenetics, cancer and herbal medicine


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Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence. It refers to functionally relevant modifications to the genome such as DNA methylation and histone modification that do not involve a change in the nucleotide sequence. Epigenetics can enable the effects of parents' experiences to be passed down to subsequent generations. Epigenetic changes are associated with cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental disorders and other chronic conditions. Epigentic changes can be influenced by diet and lifestyle choices, nutrients and herbal medicine. In this presentation Michael will explain the science of epigenetics, and how it relates to clinical practice.

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