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What is the genetic response to environmental pollutants?

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Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: Sometimes none

Some environmental pollutants can cause mutations or dna/gene damage.
Sometimes they can affect the mechanisms of genetic function by direct interference and/or by epigenetic (non-dna) mechanisms, but often, they do not seem to cause any direct genetic effect. Rathet they may affect one's state of health or disease, not one's genes.

In brief: Sometimes none

Some environmental pollutants can cause mutations or dna/gene damage.
Sometimes they can affect the mechanisms of genetic function by direct interference and/or by epigenetic (non-dna) mechanisms, but often, they do not seem to cause any direct genetic effect. Rathet they may affect one's state of health or disease, not one's genes.
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