Why Is Epigenetics Important?

“The epigenome is a network of compounds surrounding our genes, which interacts with our environment, altering gene expression to external influences.”

“Although our DNA code does not change, the epigenome is flexible and reacts to our environment. Beyond helping cells know what to do, the epigenome also responds to things like diet, stress, toxins, behavior, and lifestyle. Our experiences help shape how genes are expressed. It is often referred to as an “on and off switch” that turns on or off certain genes. It is what makes even identical twins different over time.”


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