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Updated by Erika Yigzaw on Jan 21, 2015
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Epigenetic Influences and Disease | Learn Science at Scitable
The external environment's effects upon genes can influence disease, and some of these effects can be inherited in humans. Studies investigating how environmental factors impact the genetics of an individual's offspring are difficult to design. However, in certain parts of the world in which social systems are highly centralized, environmental information that might have influenced families can be obtained.