Unlocking Your DNA

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DNA was first identified by the Swiss chemist Friedrich Miescher in 1950s. DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid, which is a self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes. It carries genetic information. DNA is important for all living organisms because it holds the instructions for each cell’s development reproduction and inevitable death.

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Think of DNA like a guide that makes you who you are. Every living organism needs to have DNA because it is a genetic material which are containers for your biological information. It is for long term storage of information.

The four roles that DNA play are:
1. Replication
2. Encoding information
3. Mutation and recombination
4. Gene expression

You can actually express your gene expression in positive or negative terms. The actions you take on a daily basis have a big effect on your DNA. Your lifestyle directly impacts your DNA. The rate of many diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and autism can increase from generation to generation. What you inherit from your parents can actually be changed through your actions and steps you take in day to day life. The good news is you can live longer and healthier if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

According to a study published by Gladstone scientists discovered that proteins within your body actually depend on your DNA’s 3D shape to know where to bind. If you’re lifestyle and nutrition impact your DNA, here are positive steps you can take:

1. What you eat
Your genes respond positively to a healthy diet. Junk food and fast-food can wreak havoc on your DNA. A healthy diet will not only keep your body in pristine shape, it will keep your mind sharp.

2. Physical Activity
You should aim to get physical activity every single day. Keep your body in motion!

3. Change your surroundings
Your environment influences your DNA. Declutter, organize, and watch your life change.

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