Cancer, Autism and Their Epigenetic Rootsby K. John Morrow, Elaine A. Moore
This book considers the branch of heredity known as “epigenetics” and its implications for a variety of diseases in humans and animals. After background information on the growth in understanding genetics and the mechanisms of the epigenetic control of gene expression, the book moves into its main focus: the gathering body of evidence connecting
This book considers the branch of heredity known as “epigenetics” and its implications for a variety of diseases in humans and animals. After background information on the growth in understanding genetics and the mechanisms of the epigenetic control of gene expression, the book moves into its main focus: the gathering body of evidence connecting genetics to a range of significant illnesses, including cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and others.
Areas of uncertainty are stressed as well as the scientific debate concerning the role of environmental factors. The final chapters discuss the implications for society. Extensive notes provide additional details and personal anecdotes.
Meet the Author
K. John Morrow, Jr., has taught and researched in genetics and molecular biology at the University of Kansas and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and was a research director at Meridian Biosciences, Inc. He has written extensively on many aspects of biotechnology and drug development. (Visit his website at www.NewportBiotech.com). He lives in Newport, Kentucky. Elaine A. Moore has worked in hospital laboratories for more than 30 years, primarily in immunohematology and toxicology. She is a freelance medical writer and laboratory consultant. For more information, visit her website at www.elaine-moore.com. She lives in Sedalia, Colorado.
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The Silent Epidemics: Cancer, Autism and their Epigenetic Roots considers a different question; given our current understanding of epigenetics, can we draw a connection between environmental insults that affect epigenetic systems and the startling increase in many diseases that have confounded both the scientific community and the public faced with these devastating illnesses? Dr. Morrow developed the concept for this book in the course of writing a marketing report on epigenetics for Kalorama publishing company. He interviewed a number of experts in the field and did a large amount of reading of peer reviewed literature from scientific journals. During the months of work on the project he discussed his activities with friends who are well-educated and informed non scientists. It became evident that the public is not aware of the tremendous changes that have taken place in the study of heredity, nor are they aware of implications for human health and the profound risk of environmental damage. This book is a discourse on a critical corner of science and a call to action.