While they may look alike, their DNA isn’t the same as we once thought. As each twin grows, they become more genetically distinct.
Researchers wondered why one twin develops, for example, diabetes and the other one doesn’t. A closer look at their genetic code shows they’re not identical.
Some have chains of genes that have broken off and when they repaired themselves, they left out genes or created extra copies. This makes one twin vulnerable to diseases.
We used to think that genes were set once we’re born. We know they change, for better or worse.
Toxic environments, extreme stressors and diet cause our genes to change in order to adapt. Lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking can change the genetic code to make us vulnerable to cancer or liver disease.
You can’t do a thing about your genes, but you can make the most of what you’ve got by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Who knew??
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