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Predictive Health by Michael M. E. Johns, Kenneth L. Brigham

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CHAPTER 6

The Epigenome

Disparate Identities and Kinky Mouse Tails

NATURE IS FASCINATING. Just when you think you’ve mastered some immutable rule, you invariably discover exceptions. Identical twins, for example, are an exception to the general rule that the sequence of the letters in each individual human genome is unique. Identical twins are really (genetically speaking) identical. They hold exactly the same hand of genetic cards. But of course they aren’t really identical people. Their differences are due in part to how expression of genes is regulated. As discussed in the previous chapter, twins separated at birth and sent to live in different places, say Olen or Gent, would grow up differently, just as they would if reared in different homes ...

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