Category: environment

From the Genome to the Exposome: Mapping Causal Associations Between Environmental Factors and Population Health

Environmental factors such as lifestyle, diet, and exposure to toxins and chemical agents, can play an important role in our health. Complementary to the “genome,” which is the complete set of an individual’s genetic information, the “exposome” represents an individual’s complete set of environmental exposures throughout their lifetime. Coined in 2005, the “exposome” captures the Read More >

Posted on by Danielle Rasooly, Emily Drzymalla, and Muin J. Khoury, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GeorgiaTags , ,

Shall We Have Pie or Stew?

a pie cut in almost half with the smaller piece labeled Environmental and the larger piece labeled Genetic

 Understanding Genetic and Environmental Causes of Human Disease A recent article in the Archives of General Psychiatry by Hallmayer et al. discussed the role of genetic and environmental factors in autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  The study was a heritability analysis of 192 pairs of twins, which attributed 37 percent of the variation in Read More >

Posted on by Scott Bowen, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention15 CommentsTags , , ,