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

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CHAPTER 5

Taming the Wild Genome

THE WELL-FUNCTIONING centenarian Hilda Echt and the morbidly ill, sixtyish Carleton Hensley shared the many genes common to our species, but they also had their own complements of “private” genes inherited from their individual forebears. Some genes from both categories no doubt affected their health. They had some common tendencies and some unique ones, similarities and differences in their fundamental biology. How much did each set of genes contribute to the remarkably different courses of their lives and health? More important, was there anything they did or could have done that made or could have made a difference?

With the remotely possible exception of the few people who have a disease that is a result of ...

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