Destiny or Free will?

So much of how we look, talk, move and even think is driven by that mysterious scientific idea of “genetics” or the “genes” we inherit from our parents and ancestors. The idea that genes influence our health, habits and smarts is so common that it’s almost synonymous with the idea of destiny, a chosen path for your life.

But did you know that while the genes are immutable, the epigenomes (which are DNA chemical markers) are not only capable of change but also can even reverse ageing in certain instances based on a recent scientific study?

This means that irrespective of your genes, you can shape your mental and physical health by lifestyle and environment changes. For instance, if you had inherited a “fat” gene, you can turn the epigenome marker off by lifestyle changes and good diet. Similarly, if you had inherited a predisposition to say depression, you can…

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