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The dark side of our genes — healthy aging in modern times

from Forschungsverbund Berlin via ScienceDaily

The transition to modernity — largely driven by the Industrial Revolution — provided us with easier access to food and clean water, with antibiotics, vaccines, and modern medicine. Yet modernity did not just bring fewer infectious diseases and longer life: it also created an environment radically different from the one we evolved in. Genes helpful in our evolutionary past may now predispose us to chronic disease — such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer — in old ages. more


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