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History of depression in grandparent and parent may raise risk of the condition

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 12 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4431

What is genetic predisposition?

Health and sickness are familial, and both often relate back to genetic predisposition. But what is genetics? Basically, genetics and epigenetics study how DNA affects our hereditary sensitivity to diet, toxins, and addictions. So when we find familial patterns of health or sickness, we should assume that DNA is at work, and search for patterns of dietary, toxic, or addictive factors. This will promote health and make each of us a genie of genomics and prince of proteomics. 

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 August 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA