Poverty has a powerful impact on our genes
Poverty impacts our genes too - interesting science news

Several lines of previous research have shown that socioeconomic status (SES) influences both human health and disease. Now researchers have shown that poverty is associated with changes in DNA methylation which is an epigenetic marker that influences gene expression across 1500 genes.

This shows that individual experiences over the course of lifetime get embodied in the genes and can literally influence the function of these genes. This indicates that poverty has long lasting impact on a host of physiological systems and processes.

Further research needs to be done to ascertain whether these epigenetic changes have an impact on immune responses to infections, neurological development and overall health of a person.

Read the full story: Northwestern University (via ScienceDaily)
Scientific publication: American Journal of Physical Anthropology


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