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This is Us 2: DNA is Not the Whole Story - How Epigenetics Controls Our DNA

DNA refers to the ~3.2 billion ACGT letters that make up our chromosomes. If we look at DNA as the hardware of physiologic control and heredity, what is the software that controls the DNA hardware? Epigenetics refers to all the processes that regulate how our DNA is expressed (or not expressed as the case may be). While we cannot control our DNA letter sequence, we can influence the epigenetic software that controls it. We will learn about the structure and function of DNA, how epigenetics packages and decorates DNA, and what we can do to influence our personal epigenetic landscape for optimal health and aging.

Anne Henriksen is Faculty Emerita at James Madison University, where she was a professor in the Integrated Science and Technology Department for 19 years. Dr. Henriksen came to JMU from The Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she was a staff scientist for ten years. She received a PhD in chemical physics from The University of Virginia and an MBA in management science from the University of New Mexico. She has spent the last nine years studying neuroscience, neuropharmacology, neuroendocrinology, genomics, and bioinformatics. Her personal interest is understanding the important role of sex steroid hormones in the brain during all stages of life.

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