Human Genomics: Roles in Advanced Practice & Patient Care
Posted Jan 03 2013 10:09pm
Sarah Sell, RN has saved many lives over the past 12 years as an Intensive Care Nurse. She’s currently enrolled in The University of Millersville Nurse Practitioner Program and was gracious enough to share this insightful piece she recently wrote.
Epigenetics (literally: above genetics) is a rapidly growing research field that investigates heritable alterations in gene expression caused by mechanisms other than changes in DNA sequence. In other words, it decides how much or whether some genes are expressed in our body based on environmental factors: what we do, what we eat, if we smoke, daily stress and more. This means that our choices can essentially turn on and off disease progression, which enables us to take an active and intelligent role in our health and well-being.
I’m pleased to begin the genetic conversation on eaturveggies with this in-depth article, written by my older sister who I’ve been lucky to have blazing the way for me and Leah (my younger sis) all these years…