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Shedding Our DNA Chains

Kudos on your cover story on epigenetics [Jan. 18]. As the director of mind-body medicine for a cancer center that offers seminars on how patients can benefit from this emerging science, I can attest that most have never heard of epigenetics. Yet everything in our environment--the way we think and feel, our exposure to stress--affects the way our DNA is expressed. Once we understand this premise, we can incorporate strategies to effect epigenetic changes--including neurogenesis, the growth of new nerve tissue in the brain.

Brenda Stockdale, ATLANTA

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