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The question then is how do we measure and change our "exposome"--or the totality of the impact of the environment on your genes.
In October 2010 Science magazineii published an important paper that reviewed the notion of the "exposome"--the idea that the environment in which your genes live is more important than your genes themselves.
The Exposome: Environmental Influences on Health and Disease ii published an important paper that reviewed the notion of the "exposome"--the idea that the environment in which your genes live is more important than your genes themselves.
Using novel treatments that help identify and remove known external toxins like pesticides and mercury and strategies that change the internal environment including diet, nutrients, probiotics, and detoxification would help you change your "exposome" and lower your overall disease risk.
Emerging biomarkers and analytic techniques will soon allow us to map our exposome from a drop of blood, and measure change over time.
The next decade will better characterize how the environment affects gene expression--the genome-exposome interactions--and our health, and provide us better ways to measure and improve those interactions and help us create the best expression of ourselves.
The exposome may be bigger than the genome, and it almost certainly has a greater influence on health.
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