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It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick by Greg Gibson

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For tens of millions of Americans, arthritis is a daily burden of chronic pain and discomfort, and the most pressing example of immune disease. We do not know whether or how hygiene and environmental change impact the incidence of arthritis, but once more it provides a compelling example of a complex disease that results from imbalanced activity of genes just trying to do their job.

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