Views & Reviews

Children are the guardians of our genome

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6265 (Published 23 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6265
  1. Layla Jader, consultant in public health genomics, Wales
  1. 1Temple of Peace and Health, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3AP
  1. Layla.Jader{at}wales.nhs.uk

Research shows how the environment our parents and grandparents grew up in influences our health. To improve the wellbeing of future generations policymakers must prioritise children today, says Layla Jader

Evidence has been mounting about the importance of interactions between people’s genetics and their environment, especially in pregnancy and childhood. Knowledge about how wider environmental factors can turn genes on and off—the new science of environmental epigenomicsis gaining wider coverage and influence. Research has shown that genes and the wider environment are inextricably intertwined, each affecting the other. These gene markers can be passed on to …

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