Category Archives: epigenetics

epigenetics introductory collection

To understand what epigenetics is, we need to understand what genes are and why determine who and what we are. Luckily when I started to dive into this topic, I found this wonderful BBC documentary that is worth watching every minute.


In the video, the story of Överkalix caught my interest and I simply had to research deeper into this topic. Let’s re-collect what we just learned in the video: Continue reading

cancer facts 1


cancer arises from changes in a single cell. these changes are the result of the interaction between a person’s genetic factors and three categories of external agents, including:

  • physical carcinogens, such as ultraviolet and ionizing radiation;
  • chemical carcinogens, such as asbestos, components of tobacco smoke, aflatoxin (a food contaminant) and arsenic (a drinking water contaminant); and
  • biological carcinogens, such as infections from certain viruses, bacteria or parasites.

about 30% of cancer deaths are due to the five leading behavioral and dietary risks: Continue reading