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Title: Epigenetics
Contributor(s): Sims, Margaret  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: Once upon a time, not so long ago, we believed that when we mapped the human genome we would be able to identify the kinds of people children would grow up to be. We hoped that understanding genetics would make it simple: Johnny has gene variants xyz so will grow up to be 190 centimetres tall; Mary has genes abc so will get breast cancer at age 35. The mapping of the first genome was completed in 2003 and scientists continue to work on cataloguing variations in the genome. It is hoped that with this detailed and growing knowledge, researchers will be able to develop processes to identify risk for developing various illnesses such as breast cancer, liver diseases and cystic fibrosis, and ultimately new ways of treating them. However, with this new knowledge, it quickly became clear that our genetic make-up is not solely responsible for shaping our outcomes and does not tell us the whole story - our environment plays a crucial role too. This has led to the new science of epigenetics.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Community Paediatric Review: A national publication for child and family health nurses and other professionals, 19(3), p. 1-3
Publisher: Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children's Hospital
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
111704 Community Child Health
111403 Paediatrics
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920501 Child Health
HERDC Category Description: C3 Non-Refereed Article in a Professional Journal
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