Wednesday, April 12 2017 at 7:30PM
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The Brunswick Pub
199 Malmesbury Park Road,
What's the talk about?
We have tens-of-thousands of genes in our DNA, but not all of them are activated at the same time. Our genes can be switched "on" and "off" in response to our environment via an evolutionary mechanism called epigenetics. In the absence of life-threatening environmental pressures, lifestyle and environment are major drivers of epigenetic changes that can impact our health.
This talk will reveal how our daily choices can induce short-term and long-term (epi)genetic changes, discuss some of the epigenetic changes that have been linked to common diseases, and highlight the current scientific evidence of transgenerational epigenetics; how our environment not only affects our own gene activity, but those of future generations too!
Maia Elliott is a science communicator and is currently working on her PhD in Nutrigenomics at the University of Surrey.